The Cautious Visitor

In his New Year's message to the Israeli people, he wished them "a boring year of peace." But for Yitzhak Navon, Israel's President, 1983 may be anything but boring or peaceful. Navon, 61, is being touted as a strong candidate who could unite the divided Labor Party to challenge Prime Minister Menachem Begin and his Likud coalition should Begin call new elections this year.

The surge of interest in Navon in Israel inspired unusual caution in Washington as the Israeli President began a ten-day tour of the U.S. with a visit to the White...

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