Mayor of Sderot, a city in the Negev and secretary general of Histadrut for the last ten years, Amir Peretz, 53 years old, was elected president of the Labour Party on November 10, 2005 –against favourite candidate Shimon Peres. Of Moroccan origin (born in Boudhar, a village in the Atlas Mountains), Peretz became famous as a social agitator and an advocate of the peace process. He is a member of the Shalom Ashav Movement (Peace Now) which opposes colonies in the occupied territories and is a founder of the B’tselem, the most important Israeli Human Rights organization.
Israel’s policy is unique for it’s the only country where the notion of “left” and “right” have been distorted by military occupation and political criteria. Today, an Israeli does not describe himself as a “left” or a “right” wing person for his opinions about issues like the fiscal system or retirement, but about topics such as the creation of a Palestinian State or a peace agreement. Consequently, we have a strange situation in which the lower class and humble workers support the predatory right (...)