Israel's new President, Mr. Yitzhak Navon, used his inaugural speech in Jerusalem on Monday (29?
Israel's new President, Mr. Yitzhak Navon, used his inaugural speech in Jerusalem on Monday (29 May) to appeal for a resumption of the Middles East peace talks between Israel and Egypt.
Mr. Navon called on Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat to agree to the resumption, claiming that the distance already covered on the road to peace was greater than that still to go.
SYNOPSIS: Before the inauguration at the Knesset, Mr. Navon met with Israeli Prime Minster, Menachem Begin. A fever threatened to keep Mr. Begin from the swearing in ceremony, but he later felt well enough to attend.
Mr. Avon arrived at the Knesset with a mounted escort. He was joined by outgoing President Ephraim Katzir. Professor Katzir, an emminent academic, is expected to return to his studies, now he is out of office. Like his predecessor, Mr. Navon 57, advocates a soft line on Israeli_Chad relations. He's the first Palestinian-born head of State, and at one time served as an aide to Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion.
After the swearing-in, Mr. Navon and his wife Ophira, a former Israeli beauty queen, greeted Arab dignitaries and senior churchmen at a reception. Speaking fluent Arabian, he asked the Arab citizens of Israel to fully support peace initiatives.
The Chief Co-ordinator of the U.N. Peace Keeping forces in the Middle East, Lieutenant-General Ensio Siilasvuo, was among VIPs welcomed by President Navon.