Amir Peretz Decries 'Hatred,' 'Contempt' of Former Israeli Political Partners

Seeks to justify switch from Labor to Livni's Hatnuah party in long, accusatory speech; says he left because Yacimovich abandoned the vision of a diplomatic peace process.

Tzipi Livni conducted talks with Amir Peretz late into Wednesday night, trying to recruit him to her party. The two kept these contacts secret until the last minute. The word began to spread just a few minutes before their joint press conference at Tel Aviv's Beit Sokolov: Peretz, a former Labor party chairman, had joined Livni's Hatnuah party. A little before 10:30 A.M. Thursday, Peretz entered the auditorium...