Peres gets elected for first time in his political career
Even Peres's victory, practically his first in public electoral life, was thus tainted by the fact that he did not win outright; his opponents merely withdrew. In accordance with the election rules, Peres was the sole candidate in the second round, and the 120 MKs were asked to vote "for" or "against."As much as one would like to see this as a good thing that Peres is out of the Knesset, it's still sad, because truly, he didn't deserve it.
Did the Shas party vote for him? Well now, that could really be held against them, also because their spiritual adviser, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, had been visited by members of a group representing victims of terror or soldiers who'd been kidnapped in Lebanon, and this is how he treats them!