Biden-led U.S. delegation to Sharon funeral leaves for Israel

(JTA) — The U.S. delegation to the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, led by Vice President Joe Biden, left for Israel.

The delegation that left Sunday from Andrews Air Force Base also includes U.S. Reps. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), along with Daniel Kurtzer, a former ambassador to Israel.

Daniel Shapiro, the current U.S. ambassador to Israel, also part of the delegation, already is in Israel.

The funeral service, which will be open to the public, is set for Monday morning. The burial at Sharon’s Sycamore Ranch in the Negev will be held at 2 p.m., and will include only family members and close friends.