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Zionist Union MK Amir Peretz told the leader of his Hatnua Party, MK Tzipi Livni, that he intends to run with Labor in the next election, a source close to Peretz said Saturday night.
The Zionist Union is a joint list of Labor and Hatnua.
Peretz, a former Labor leader, left the party in 2012 for Hatnua because he opposed the leadership of then-Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich.
But he told Livni and Labor leader Isaac Herzog that he now believes his future is in Labor and that the two parties should merge. Neither of them were willing to make sure a commitment in their conversations with Peretz.
Yacimovich, who was brought into politics by Peretz, welcomed him back to the party and said he belongs in Labor.
Peretz told confidants that he had not decided yet whether to challenge Herzog for leader of Labor. He said he wants more parties and bodies to merge ahead of the next election in an effort to defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.