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Former Israeli president Yitzhak Navon dies at 94

Published 07/11/2015 | 13:51

Yitzhak Navon, Israel's fifth president, has died
Yitzhak Navon, Israel's fifth president, has died

Yitzhak Navon, who served as Israel's fifth president, has died. He was 94.

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His family said he died Saturday.

Navon was a top aide to Israel's founding father David Ben-Gurion. Later he embarked on a political career in the Labour Party. He served as president between 1978 and 1983 and had a lengthy term as education minister. He left politics in 1992 and became a successful author and playwright.

Labour Party leader Isaac Herzog remembered Navon as a member of Israel's founding generation who "built our national home with their own hands". Centrist Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid called him a "moderating, embracing, respecting voice that is so missing these days".

Navon was born in Jerusalem to a Sephardi family descended from Spanish Jews expelled in the inquisition of 1492.

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