Peretz Threatens To Topple Government This Week (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 11/12/05)
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Peretz puts his cards on the table: A meeting with Sharon this week
or the government falls; Labor will not join a Likud coalition after
the next elections; Arabs will be part of a Labor government.
Amir Peretz, newly elected Labor party chairman, said on Israeli
television that if Prime Minister Ariel Sharon does not agree to
meet with him in the next three days, Labor might topple the
government immediately, forcing news elections.
"We need to finalize when the elections will take place. There is no
need to talk now about passing the  budget," Peretz said on
the Channel 2 Meet the Press program.
"Sharon acted irresponsibly by postponing to this Thursday the
meeting with me, but the age of marathons has ended. I know these
political exercises and I intend to play my cards close to the
chest. If Sharon does not meet with me at the beginning of the week,
we might work to bring down the government on Wednesday," when the
Knesset is scheduled to vote on four no-confidence motions.
Peretz added that National Religious Party (NRP) chairman Zevulun
Orlev promised to coordinate with him his party´s non-confidence
The Labor party chairman, who has led the national Histadrut labor
union for several years, also stated that if Labor forms the next
government, he would appoint Arabs as ministers because "this will
reduce tension in the country."
Peretz also stated that if Labor loses the election, it would not be
a part of a Sharon-led coalition, "even if I am offered to be
Finance Minister." A coalition government is "a danger to
democracy," he explained, but he vowed to support the government on
surrendering parts of Judea and Samaria.
He was elected party chairman on the background of long-standing
demands for social reforms, which Peretz said have become part of
the national awareness since the expulsion of Jewish residents from
the Gaza and northern Samaria regions. "They suddenly understood
that the dream of a ´whole Israel´ is a dream that we paid a very
high price for and ... has no chance" of being fulfilled," Peretz
Peretz defeated long-time Labor party leader Shimon Peres, who ended
a 24-hour break in communications with Peretz and called him
Saturday morning to say that he accepts the decision of party voters
and he will not leave the party.
Reacting to Peretz´s statement, Likud coalition leader Gideon Sa´ar
said, "The appearance of Peretz revealed to the public his extremist
platform. His declaration to form a coalition with anti-Zionist Arab
parties symbolizes the Zionist and moral bankruptcy of the Labor
party." (IsraelNationalNews © 11/12/05)
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