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Navon, Yitzhak

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Author(s): Zion Zohar
Yitzhak Navon, the fifth president of the State of Israel (1978–1983), was born in Jerusalem on April 9, 1921. His father, a descendant of Jews who were expelled from Spain in the fifteenth century, came to Jerusalem from Turkey in 1870; his mother, a descendant of Morocco’s renownedIbn ʿAṭṭār family, arrived there in 1884. The polyglot Navon studied Hebrew literature and Islamic studies at the Hebrew University.Navon served as secretary to Moshe Sharett during his tenure as foreign minister of Israel and as chief of staff to Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. H…

Levy, David

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Author(s): Zion Zohar
David Levy is an Israeli politician who served for more than thirty-five years in the Knesset (1969–2006). Born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1939, Levy emigrated to Israel with his family in 1959 and settled in the peripheral northern town of Beit She’an. As a construction worker at the age of twenty-six, he represented the construction workers union on the Beit She’an workers’ council. The following year he became deputy mayor and later was mayor of Beit She’an from 1964 to 1977. From the mid-1960s through the early 1980s Levy was chairman of the Teḥelet Lavan faction of the Likud in the nation…