Peretz to Rejoin Labor Party Monday

Israel's former defence minister Amir Peretz pauses during news conference in Tel Aviv, January 31, 2008, following the presentation of the Winograd Commission findings on Wednesday. Israeli newspapers forecast Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's survival on Thursday after a report criticised the army and his government's conduct during a 2006 war …
REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

The Jerusalem Post reports:  Former Labor Party chairman Amir Peretz will formally return to the party on Monday, at a press conference with current chairman Isaac Herzog.

Peretz led the Labor Party from November 2005 to June 2007. During that time he served as the defense minister.

But after he lost the party leadership to former prime minister Ehud Barak, he was forced to give up the Defense portfolio and his power in the party waned.

Peretz left Labor in December 2012 when it was under the leadership of his protégé turned rival, MK Shelly Yacimovich. He was elected to the Knesset in 2013 with MK Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua party.

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