Economy Minister Amir Peretz, a former Labor party leader who until declining to run in the March 23 elections was the longest-tenured Knesset member, announces he won’t seek the presidency when President Reuven Rivlin’s term ends later this year.
“When I finish my current position I will turn to new horizons and dedicate more time to my close family, something that has been very hard for me to do during my 37 years of public service,” Peretz writes in a Facebook post.
He adds: “Israeli democracy allowed me, a kid born in Morocco who grew up in a transit camp, to reach the most important places and achieve accomplishments for all Israeli citizens. It was an honor to contribute to the security of Israel, to Israeli society and the working man. To me this is a great privilege and a testament that despite all the difficulties, the State of Israel is a land of many opportunities.”