President Shim'on Peres denied, Friday morning, reports he intends to run against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in the upcoming Knesset elections as the head of a center-left bloc. As he boarded his return flight to Israel from Moscow, Peres said he intends to serve out his term as president, which has about 22 months to go. He said the reports about his running for prime minister were based on speculation.
According to the reports, former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni has been pressing Peres to run at the head of a list to block Netanyahu, and she would be in the second position. The speculation was fueled by meetings Peres held with Livni and Chairman Ofir Eini of the Histadrut Labor Federation.