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  Iyar 14, 5767 , 02/05/07

Peretz said Last Year: 'I Know Nothing about Security'

Minister Amir Peretz, six weeks before assuming his post, told an investigative reporter whose son was beginning army service, "I know nothing about security.”

David Bedein revealed the statement in an article posted on the Sderot Media Center web site. "On March 23, 2006, five days before the Israeli elections, I accompanied my second son, Elchanon, to the Israeli army recruitment center in Jerusalem, from where he was to begin his service in the Israeli army for the next three years," Bedein wrote.

"En route to the base, we encountered a minibus of candidates for the Israeli Labor party led by newly-elected party leader Amir Peretz, who descended onto Jaffa Road in Jerusalem to shake hands. [He said,] 'David, I know nothing about security. Ask the generals in my party. That is for them to worry about.'”

Peretz also said that internal socioeconomic threat was "the only security threat that could possibly pose a danger to Israel."
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