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   Peretz: Joining Netanyahu gov't might split Labor
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Last EditedPicimpalious  Dec 03, 2012 08:50pm
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AuthorGil Hoffman
MediaNewspaper - Jerusalem Post
News DateSunday, December 2, 2012 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionBefore the ink was even dry on the results of Labor's primary, MK Amir Peretz announced that if Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich refused to announce in advance of the election that she would not take the party into a government led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, he would consider splitting Labor

Peretz told Israel Radio Friday at Labor's election headquarters immediately after the results were announced that the party cannot join the government under any circumstances and if it did, a split in the party had to be considered. Several of Peretz's allies were elected to realistic slots on Labor's list, including MKs Eitan Cabel and Ghaleb Majadle and Ma'ale Gilboa Regional Council chairman Danny Atar.

Yacimovich responded to Peretz by telling Channel 2's Ulpan Shishi program Friday night that the chances of Labor joining a Netanyahu-led government were almost zero, but she refused to completely rule out such a possibility.

"I intend to win the election and topple Netanyahu," Yacimovich said. "It would be foolish to say in advance that we would not join the government and I don't intend to play into the hands of those who want me to do something so foolish."
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