Living the Vision / 'Israeli politics are losing their ideology'
Israel's fifth president talks to Leadel.NET about his days under Ben Gurion and as ket peacemaker with Egypt.
Politics in Israel are shifting away from ideology toward a focus on a "personal conquest of seats and places," according to Yitzhak Navon, former president of Israel.
"I think there was more accent on ideology in the past than at present," says Navon, who began his career as political secretary to Israel's first prime minister David Ben Gurion.
"What I miss in the political life of our days is a man like Ben-Gurion," Navon tells Leadel.NET in an exclusive interview. "There was no equal to him."
"In the past, you joined a party mainly because of its ideology, its program," he adds. "But today, you see people moving from one party to another without much ado. The main motive, unfortunately, is not the ideological part, but rather the personal conquest of seats and places."
Navon, who served as Israel fifth president, received a formal invitation to visit from former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and was a key figure in building Israeli ties with Cairo.
According to Navon, Sadat told him during their work together: "You came, you conqueredthe hearts for the Egyptian people, you strengthened the peace between us."
This is the seventh edition of Leadel.NET'S 'Living the Vision' series on The Jewish World.
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