Peres, 90, said considering political comeback
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Peres, 90, said considering political comeback

President, whose term ends next summer, reportedly planning to set up new party

US President Barack Obama, center, is greeted by President Shimon Peres, left, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu upon his arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in March (photo credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
US President Barack Obama, center, is greeted by President Shimon Peres, left, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu upon his arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in March (photo credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Shimon Peres, whose term as president will end next July, is reportedly contemplating a return to party politics.

Peres, 90, is considering making a comeback by setting up a new political party when he steps down, Israel’s Channel 1 reported Friday night.

It named former Mossad chief Meir Dagan and former Shin Bet head Yuval Diskin as two other possible members of a new Peres-led political grouping.

There was no confirmation of the report from the president’s office.

Dagan and Diskin have been two of the most outspoken critics of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the Iranian nuclear crisis in recent years. Peres, for his part, has been more subtly at odds with Netanyahu over the issue, repeatedly declaring that he has full confidence in President Barack Obama’s handling of the matter, while Netanyahu has indicated profound concern that the US and others are being duped by Iran.

On Friday, Netanyahu castigated the deal taking shape in Geneva between the P5+1 countries (the US, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany) and Iran, saying it was a “very, very bad deal” in which the Iranians would get everything and give nothing.

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