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Yitzhak Navon
5th President of Israel
In office
24 May 1978 â€“ 5 May 1983
Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Preceded by Ephraim Katzir
Succeeded by Chaim Herzog
Personal details
Born (1921-04-09)9 April 1921
Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine
Died 6 November 2015(2015-11-06) (aged 94)
Jerusalem, Israel
Nationality Israeli
Political party Alignment
Spouse(s) Ofira Resnikov (1963–93, her death)
Miri Shafir (2008–15, his death)
Children 2
Profession Author
Religion Judaism

Do you know why dogs are man’s best friend? It’s because they’re not in politics.
Yitzhak Navon
One way or another, Gaza's residents must live in peace with Israel.
6,000 people were killed, crippled, and wounded during the War of Independence. The economy was devastated – there was no milk, just milk powder. No eggs, but egg powder. Meat was only once a week.
Yitzhak Navon
The State of Israel is a state that was formed before the people were even in it. You have to understand: In India, in Burma, in Pakistan – all of the people were already there. Their problem was for the English to leave so they could be independent.
Yitzhak Navon
I grew up in Jerusalem and went to school here. I studied at the Hebrew University – mostly Islam and Arabic: Arab literature, Arab poetry and culture, because I felt like we are living in this region, in the Middle East, and we are not alone: There are nations here whose culture is Arab.
Yitzhak Navon
Once, there was a time in Jerusalem of brotherhood and peace: cultures and languages lived side by side and not one at the expense of the other.
Yitzhak Navon
There are Jews who came from 102 countries and speak 81 languages – how do you consolidate them into one nation? This is where I saw my role.
Yitzhak Navon
There is no other language as similar to Hebrew like Arabic.
If the angel Gabriel came to me and said, ‘Look, I’m willing to take your soul now and give it back to you at any period of time in the history of the nation of Israel, from the very beginning to this very day’ – I think I would not think of any other time except for when Moses brought down the Ten Commandments from Mount Sinai.
Yitzhak Navon