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December 6, 2012 10:48 am

Former Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz Leaves Labor Party to Join Livni

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Times of Israel – Amir Peretz on Thursday became the second former Labor Party leader in the space of a week to abandon his political home in favor of Tzipi Livni’s new Hatnua (The Movement), with a dramatic announcement that came close on the heels of a similar move by Amram Mitzna.

Peretz shocked followers of Israeli politics when he took to the stage alongside Tzipi Livni during a press conference in Tel Aviv, announcing after a lengthy exposition about his political career that he had chosed to join her party rather than play second fiddle to his former protégé, Labor chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich.

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