Hatnua MK Amir Peretz said Sunday that his decision to resign his position as Environment Minister stemmed from his belief that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the cause of Israel's social and diplomatic problems not the solution.
Speaking at a press conference explaining his resignation, Peretz said that he had decided to stay in the government initially to give peace talks a chance and remained in the government to present a united front during Operation Protective Edge. He added, however, that the spirit of the government had changed in the past three months, becoming more extreme.
Peretz stated that he saw no reason to remain in the government and vote in the coming week for what he termed "an anti-social budget" that would bring many children and elderly people into poverty.
The Hatnua MK said that he had decided to devote himself to find an alternative to Netanyahu.