Amir Peretz

  • amir peretz
    amir peretz 2019.jpg
    amir peretz in 2019
    date of birth (1952-03-09) 9 march 1952 (age 68)
    place of birthboujad, french morocco
    year of aliyah1956
    knessets12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
    faction represented in knesset
    1988–1992alignment
    1992–1999labor
    1999–2004one nation
    2004–2012labor
    2013–2015hatnuah
    2015–2019zionist union
    2019–labor
    ministerial roles
    2006–2007minister of defence
    2006–2007deputy prime minister
    2013–2014minister of environmental protection
    other roles
    2005–2006leader of the opposition
    2005–2007leader of labor
    2019–leader of labor

    amir peretz (hebrew: עָמִיר פֶּרֶץ; born on 9 march 1952) is an israeli politician who currently serves as leader of the labor party, and as a member of the knesset for the party. a knesset member almost continuously since 1988, he has also served as minister of defence and minister of environmental protection, as well as heading the histadrut trade union federation between 1995 and 2006.

    after five years as mayor of sderot, peretz first became an mk for the labor-dominated alignment in 1988. in 1999 he left labor to establish his own party, one nation, which he led until merging it back into labor in 2004. the following year he defeated shimon peres in a labor leadership election and became leader of the opposition. following the 2006 elections labor joined the kadima-led coalition government, with peretz appointed minister of defense and deputy prime minister. his subsequent tenure as defense minister included the 2006 lebanon war and approval of the iron dome defence system in early 2007. midway through 2007 peretz was defeated by ehud barak in another labor leadership election and resigned from the cabinet.

    in december 2012 he resigned from the knesset after leaving labor to join the new hatnuah party, but soon returned to the legislature after being re-elected in the january 2013 elections. following the elections, hatnuah joined the coalition government and peretz was appointed minister of environmental protection. however, he resigned the following year due to his opposition to the government budget. shortly after 2015 elections, which labor and hatnuah had contested together as the zionist union, peretz rejoined the labor party. in 2019 he was elected leader of the party for a second time.[1]

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Amir Peretz
Amir Peretz 2019.jpg
Amir Peretz in 2019
Date of birth (1952-03-09) 9 March 1952 (age 68)
Place of birthBoujad, French Morocco
Year of aliyah1956
Knessets12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Faction represented in Knesset
1988–1992Alignment
1992–1999Labor
1999–2004One Nation
2004–2012Labor
2013–2015Hatnuah
2015–2019Zionist Union
2019–Labor
Ministerial roles
2006–2007Minister of Defence
2006–2007Deputy Prime Minister
2013–2014Minister of Environmental Protection
Other roles
2005–2006Leader of the Opposition
2005–2007Leader of Labor
2019–Leader of Labor

Amir Peretz (Hebrew: עָמִיר פֶּרֶץ; born on 9 March 1952) is an Israeli politician who currently serves as leader of the Labor Party, and as a member of the Knesset for the party. A Knesset member almost continuously since 1988, he has also served as Minister of Defence and Minister of Environmental Protection, as well as heading the Histadrut trade union federation between 1995 and 2006.

After five years as mayor of Sderot, Peretz first became an MK for the Labor-dominated Alignment in 1988. In 1999 he left Labor to establish his own party, One Nation, which he led until merging it back into Labor in 2004. The following year he defeated Shimon Peres in a Labor leadership election and became Leader of the Opposition. Following the 2006 elections Labor joined the Kadima-led coalition government, with Peretz appointed Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister. His subsequent tenure as Defense Minister included the 2006 Lebanon War and approval of the Iron Dome defence system in early 2007. Midway through 2007 Peretz was defeated by Ehud Barak in another Labor leadership election and resigned from the cabinet.

In December 2012 he resigned from the Knesset after leaving Labor to join the new Hatnuah party, but soon returned to the legislature after being re-elected in the January 2013 elections. Following the elections, Hatnuah joined the coalition government and Peretz was appointed Minister of Environmental Protection. However, he resigned the following year due to his opposition to the government budget. Shortly after 2015 elections, which Labor and Hatnuah had contested together as the Zionist Union, Peretz rejoined the Labor Party. In 2019 he was elected leader of the party for a second time.[1]