JERUSALEM (May. 21)
Israel’s outgoing President Zalman Shazar was presented with a gift today from the foreign diplomatic corps-a silver tray inscribed with the names of all the heads of missions in Israel. Shazar will be succeeded by Prof. Ephraim Katzir who will bs sworn in Thursday at a special Knesset ceremony.
On his retirement, Shazar, who is 84, will assume the position of chairman of the research group at the Hebrew University’s Institute of Jewish Studies which is currently engaged in research into the history of the Jewish labor movement. He will also continue writing and is expected to publish a book of poems he has written over the past 50 years.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned that contrary to an earlier report, Shazar will not tour the United States on behalf of the Israel Bond Organization after leaving office. It was learned that he plans to leave for Mexico within the next two weeks to open the Israel Bond drive there and may visit one or two other Latin American countries.