Renegade Shas MK Haim Amsalem tried unsuccessfully to draft Labor MK Amir Peretz to his new Am Shalem Party that will focus on socioeconomic issues and bridging the gap between the ultra- Orthodox and the secular, sources confirmed on Tuesday.

Peretz’s political stock has gone up since Operation Pillar of Defense began last Wednesday, because he was the defense minister who insisted on purchasing the Iron Dome short-range missile- defense system that has been proven very effective in shooting down incoming rockets. Since Peretz is not on good term with Labor chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich, Amsalem told Peretz he would be welcome in his party. But Peretz said Labor was his political home.

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