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Yitzhak Navon dies at 94; fifth president of Israel

Yitzhak Navon dies at 94; fifth president of Israel

Yitzhak Navon, who served as Israel's fifth president and was a top aide to David Ben-Gurion, the nation's founding father, has died. He was 94.

Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said he died Saturday morning.

Although Israel's presidency is largely a ceremonial post, Navon was seen as a politician with an ability to bring diverse people together.

"Navon is at home in both of Israel's major Jewish communities — the Ashkenazim, with roots in Western countries, and the Sephardim, now a majority of the population, who came to Israel largely from Middle Eastern and North African countries," according to a 1983 editorial in the Los Angeles...

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