Member of Knesset Amir Peretz (Labor) said, Sunday, that he would apply to the hareidi-religious Shas and Agudat-Yisrael factions for an agreement to hold elections earlier than scheduled. The former party leader has stated his intention to return to the leadership of the Histadrut Labor Federation, which he headed before he was elected to the Knesset.
Addressing hundreds of supporters, against the backdrop of the current social-justice protests, Peretz said political hypocrisy has to stop. He explained, "For too long, politicians got used to enjoying the best of all worlds. They're for privatization and protecting workers' rights, for peace and against concessions." He said the protests represented a test for the Shas party, adding, "You cannot continue to say that you are a social party and sit in the Netanyahu government."