Ephraim Katzir

Last Of A Breed Of Israeli Presidents

06/05/2009
Staff Writer
For a period in the modern history of Israel, the country’s presidency, largely a figurehead position, was the province of academia, filled — after Chaim Weizmann, Israel’s first president, a scientist and Zionist leader — by men who became president from largely apolitical professions, a poet and historian among them. The last man like that died on Saturday.

Last Of A Breed Of Israeli Presidents

06/03/2009
Staff Writer
For a period in the modern history of Israel, the country’s presidency, largely a figurehead position, was the province of academia, filled — after Chaim Weizmann, Israel’s first president, a scientist and Zionist leader — by men who became president from largely apolitical professions, a poet and historian among them. The last man like that died on Saturday.
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