Israeli political figures paid tribute to former president Yitzhak Navon shortly after news of his passing spread across the media landscape on Saturday.
"We lost a man who loved people and who always stood alongside those who have been socioeconomically marginalized," Zionist Union MK Amir Peretz said. "He always saw the individual as an individual irrespective of religion, race, or gender."
Peretz said that during his time as a municipal leader in Sderot, Navon "helped me carry out a revolution in the education system, the results of which we are seeing today."
"I'd like to send condolences to the Navon family, which is parting from a man loved by the entire nation," Peretz said. "May his memory be a blessing."