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Amir Peretz
Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz talks with the press after his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Jerusalem, Israel, Thursday, October 5, 2006. (UPI Photo/Ariel Schalit/POOL)
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Amir Peretz (Hebrew: עמיר פרץ‎, Arabic: عمير بيريتز‎; born Armand Peretz on 9 March 1952) is an Israeli politician and member of the Knesset for the Labour Party. He is a former Defense Minister of Israel and former leader of the Labour Party, having left those positions in June 2007.

Peretz is the former chairman of the Histadrut trade union federation and defeated Shimon Peres in the primary elections for the Labour leadership on 9 November 2005. He led the Labour Party to a second place showing in the 2006 elections and became Defense Minister on 4 May 2006. He was defeated by Ehud Barak for the Labour leadership on 12 June 2007 and resigned from the cabinet.

Peretz was born as Armand Peretz in the town of Boujad in Morocco. His father was head of the Jewish community in Boujad and owned a petrol station. The family emigrated to Israel when Morocco won independence in 1956. They were settled in the development town of Sderot, where Peretz graduated from high school.

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