Labor Defector Amir Peretz Is the Walrus

In a single bizarre year, Peretz has gone from military zero to hero, from champion to critic of domestic-centered politics and from Labor Party stalwart to Tzipi Livni's No. 2.

Israelis reacted with mixed emotions to Amir Peretz’s surprise decision to quit to the Labor Party and join Tzipi Livni's Hatnuah party. None of...