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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski/The Jerusalem Post))
MK Amir Peretz accepted clarifications from his fellow Labor leadership
candidate, MK Isaac Herzog, on Thursday, a day after Haaretz published a racist
quote attributed to Herzog in a WikiLeaks document that purportedly contained
the protocol of a conversation between Herzog and an American
The document quoted Peretz telling American diplomat Robert
Danin during the 2006 election campaign that Peretz, who was Labor’s candidate
for prime minister, was perceived as “aggressive, inexperienced, and Moroccan,”
but that Labor’s list for the Knesset had Ashkenazim that balanced out the
In an interview with Army Radio on Thursday, Danin denied that
Herzog used such language and backed up Herzog’s vigorous denials that he would
say such things.
Later Thursday, Herzog and Peretz held a sulha
(reconciliation) meeting in the latter’s Tel Aviv office.
was held in a good atmosphere and I am glad that this episode is past us,”
Herzog said. “The good of the party obligates us to know how to work together
even after the election is over.”
Peretz said that from his point of
view, the matter was closed.
He pledged to work with full force to unify
the party and keep the race focused on serious issues.
In another sign
that Herzog had been forgiven, the World Federation of Moroccan Jewry invited
him to be an honorary guest at its Mimouna celebration the day after Pessah.