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Amir Peretz Photo: Dana Kopel
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Peretz tries to woo Labor voters away

Former Labor chair turns to constituents in attempt to gain votes for Tzipi Livni's party; asks them to do so in 'respectable manner'

Moran Azulay
Published: 12.23.12, 15:07 / Israel News

Former MK Amir Peretz, who left the Labor party just a few weeks ago for Tzipi Livni's "Hatnua", has turned in a letter to thousands of the constituents who supported him while he was in the Labor party.


Peretz asked all those intending on voting for Livni to act "virtuously" and leave Labor and its institutions.


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"I wasn't even able to extricate one commitment from the party chairwoman (Shelly Yachmovich) for a peace process with our neighbors, a process for which former prime minister and Labor leader Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated," wrote Peretz to his supporters whose details were saved in personal data bases and not the party's.


"Even my minimalistic demand not to commit to investing in political settlements, received a negative response."


"Rumors have recently spread regarding Labor's intentions of collecting membership fees early, from March to January 2013," said the former Labor chairman.


"Many members have notified me that they are planning on voting for Livni's 'Hatnua' in the Knesset elections."


Peretz told Ynet that he "wrote to party members saying that morally speaking, whoever plans on voting Hatnua should leave Labor. Quite a few people have approached me, supporters who have been with me for years. I ask them to do this in a respectable manner."




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