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Yitzhak Rachamim Navon, 5th. President of Israel

Hebrew: יצחק נבון, 5th. President of Israel
Also Known As: "5th President"
Current Location:: Jerusalem, Israel
Birthdate: (94)
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Immediate Family:

Son of Yosef Navon and Miryam Navon
Husband of <private> NAVON
Widower of Ofira Navon
Father of <private> PERETZ (Navon) and <private> Navon
Brother of Mazal Fortune Linenberg Navon; Ester Kamar and Victor Haim Navon

Occupation: 5th President of Israel, educator, statesman
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About Yitzhak Rachamim Navon, 5th. President of Israel

Yitzhak Navon, 5th President of Israel

Yitzhak Navon (Hebrew: יצחק נבון‎, born 9 April 1921) is an Israeli politician, diplomat and author who served as the fifth President of Israel between 1978 and 1982 as a member of the center-left Alignment party. He was the first Israeli president to be born in Jerusalem, then within the British Mandate for Palestine, and the first not to have been born in and made aliyah from the Russian Empire.

Personal life

Born in Jerusalem, Navon is a multilingual descendant of a Sephardi family of rabbis. On his father's side, he is descended from Spanish Jews who settled in Turkey after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. The family (Baruch Mizrahi family or Al Mashraki) moved to Jerusalem in 1670. On his mother's side, he is descended from the renowned kabbalist Haim Ben Attar. The Ben-Atar family came from Morocco to Jerusalem in 1884. Navon studied Hebrew literature and Islamic studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After serving in the Haganah in Jerusalem, he was sent by the Israeli foreign service to Uruguay and Argentina.

Political career

In 1951, Navon became the political secretary of Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. The following year he was appointed Ben-Gurion's bureau chief. He remained in this position under Prime Minister Moshe Sharett. In 1963, he became a department head at the Ministry of Education and Culture. Two years later, Navon was elected to the Knesset as a member of Ben-Gurion's Rafi, which merged into the Israeli Labor Party (part of the Alignment) in 1968. Navon served as deputy speaker of the Knesset and chairman of the Knesset Committee on Foreign and Defense Affairs.


In 1978, at the age of 57, Yitzhak Navon was elected fifth President of the State of Israel. There was no other candidates and Navon received 86 votes in the 120-member Knesset with 23 members casting blank votes. He was noticeably younger than his predecessors, bringing to the President's residence his wife and two relatively young children - which changed the atmosphere of the official Presidential home.

Yitzhak Navon served during a period of heightened political, social and ethnic polarization, public controversy over the withdrawal from Sinai and the evacuation of Jewish settlements there, and the 1982 war in Lebanon.

During his Presidency, he strove to act as a bridge between Israel's ethnic groups, religious and secular, Sephardim and Ashkenazim, left and right, Jews and Arabs. Striving to draw those on the periphery into the mainstream of Israeli life, he visited neglected settlements and disadvantaged urban neighborhoods, encouraging community self-confidence. Navon's warmth and diplomacy and the prestige of his office did much to defuse a potentially explosive situation on the eve of the withdrawal from Sinai. He also opened the President's residence to writers and performers from across the cultural spectrum.

One of the highlights of his term of office was his state visit to Egypt in 1980 at the invitation of President Anwar Sadat. He impressed his hosts with his eloquent Arabic, breaking the ice and demolishing stereotypes of Israelis and Jews as a "foreign element" to the region. He also paid an state visit to the United States, at the invitation of President Reagan.

While most of his energies were channeled to promoting harmony and consensus-building in a time of social and political tension, Yitzhak Navon was the first Israeli President to depart from the ceremonial role of the Presidency prescribed by law. Taking a public stand on a controversial political issue and indirectly criticizing the government, Navon called for the establishment of an independent commission of inquiry on the events in Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon, when Christian Phalangist forces massacred Muslim refugees in an area under Israeli control. This was an act that has ushered in an era of a more "political" Presidency.

In 1983, Navon turned down the opportunity to run for a second term of office. Instead he returned to politics, the first and only Israeli ex-president to do so. When the polls showed that Navon was more popular than Labor chairman Shimon Peres, Peres was pressured to step aside and allow Navon to take over the party leadership. Navon's fluency in the Arabic language made him especially popular among Arab and Mizrahi voters. But Navon did not accept the chairmanship. In 1984, he was elected to the Knesset and served as minister of education and culture from 1984 to 1990. He remained in the Knesset until 1992, after which he left politics.

He was one of the architects who planned the events marking the 500th anniversary of the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, and signed the first cultural agreement between Israel and Spain.

He now serves as chairman of the National Authority for Ladino, Neot Kedumim (a biblical landscape reserve), the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, and as honorary chairman of the Abraham Fund for the promotion of coexistence between Jews and Arabs in Israel.

Mr. Navon is the father of a daughter, Na'ama, and a son, Erez. His wife, Ofira, who died of cancer in 1993, was a clinical psychologist.

Literary output

Navon wrote two musicals, which were successfully performed at Habimah, Israel's national theater in Tel Aviv. He is also the author of "The Six Days and the Seven Gates" (1979), a modern legend of the reunification of Jerusalem, first published in Hebrew by "Shikmonah" Publishing Company, later translated into English.





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Yitzhak Rachamim Navon, 5th. President of Israel's Timeline

April 9, 1921
Jerusalem, Israel
June 1963
Age 42
Jerusalem, Israel
September 13, 1984
- October 10, 1986
Age 63
Jerusalem, Israel

21st government of Israel.
September 13, 1984- October 20, 1986.

Shimon Peres, Prime Minister.

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In photo, right to left - seated: Yitzhak Navon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Culture; Yitzhak Shamir, Vice Premier and Foreign Minister; Chaim Herzog, Sixth President; Shimon Peres, Prime Minister; David Levy, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction and Housing
Standing: Moshe Arens, Minister without Portfolio; Yitzhak Peretz, Minister without Portfolio; Yosef Shapira, Minister without Portfolio; Haim Corfu, Minister of Transport; Moshe Katsav, Minister of Labor and Welfare; Moshe Shahal, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure; Moshe Nissim, Minister of Justice; Ariel Sharon, Minister of Industry and Trade; Yosef Burg, Minister without Portfolio; Yitzhak Modai, Minister of Finance; Avraham Sharir, Minister of Tourism; Gideon Patt, Minister of Science and Development; Gad Yaacobi, Minister of Economics and Planning; Haim Bar Lev, Minister of Police; Ezer Weizman, Minister without Portfolio; Yigael Hurwitz, Minister without Portfolio; Mordechai Gur (behind), Minister of Health; Amnon Rubinstein, Minister of Communications; Yaacov Tzur, Minister of Immigrant Absorption; Yitzhak Rabin, Minister of Defense

חברים בממשלה ה - 21
13/9/1984 - 20/10/1986
בכנסת האחת-עשרה

ראש ממשלה שמעון פרס
ממלא מקום ראש הממשלה יצחק שמיר
סגן ראש הממשלה דוד לוי
יצחק נבון
שר האוצר יצחק מודעי (עד ה - 16.4.1986)
משה נסים (מה - 16.4.1986)
סגן שר האוצר עדיאל אמוראי (מה - 24.9.1984)
שר האנרגיה והתשתית משה שחל
שר הביטחון יצחק רבין
סגן שר הביטחון מיכאל דקל (מה - 3.12.1985)
שר הבינוי והשיכון דוד לוי
שר הבריאות מרדכי גור
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שר החוץ יצחק שמיר
סגן שר החוץ רוני מילוא (מה - 24.9.1984)
שר החינוך והתרבות יצחק נבון
שר החקלאות אריה נחמקין
סגן שר החקלאות אברהם כ”ץ-עוז (מה - 24.9.1984)
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שר הכלכלה והתכנון גד יעקבי (מה - 16.9.1986)
שר המדע והפיתוח גדעון פת
שר המשטרה חיים בר-לב
שר המשפטים משה נסים (עד ה - 16.4.1986)
יצחק מודעי (מה - 16.4.1986 עד ה - 23.7.1986)
אברהם שריר (מה - 30.7.1986)
שר העבודה והרווחה משה קצב
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רפאל פנחסי (מה - 2.12.1985)
שר הפנים שמעון פרס (עד ה - 24.12.1984)
יצחק חיים פרץ (מה - 24.12.1984)
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שר התיירות אברהם שריר
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שר התקשורת אמנון רובינשטיין
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זבולון המר (מה - 7.10.1986)
שר לקליטת עלייה יעקב צור
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שר בלי תיק יוסף בורג (עד ה - 23.12.1984)
שר בלי תיק משה ארנס
שר בלי תיק יגאל הורביץ
שר בלי תיק עזר ויצמן
שר בלי תיק יוסף שפירא (לא חבר כנסת)