Amir Peretz thrust himself into the most crucial position, that of defense minister, where he had no qualifications and no experience. He did it purely out of ego. He then screwed up royally, while making flatulent thoroughly unstatesmanlike statements like "Nasrallah will remember the name Amir Peretz". Is it any wonder he is ridiculed? If Levy connects this to Peretz' background, that's Levy's racism, not Israel's. Halutz and Mofaz are non-Ashkenazi, yet nobody ridiculed them.
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from the article: Peretz's binoculars