Natan Eshel, an emissary of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, held talks, Thursday evening with Minister Moshe Kahlon, in an effort to keep Kahlon from creating a new party, according to a report by Channel 2 Television. The two sides refused to comment on the report but it appears that Kahlon will try to maintain good relations with Netanyahu, ncluding his blessing if Kahlon proceeds to start a new party. Netanyahu is expected to talk directly with Kahlon before Sunday, when Kahlon is expected to make his final decision.
Earlier, a representative of Knesset member Chaim Amsalem's Am Shalem party reported that the party was continuing to talk with Kahlon. A survey broadcast on Channel 2's Mishal Cham program indicated that a new Kahlon party would grab 13 Knesset seats, taking six from the Likud - bringing it to 35, four from Labor and one each from Shas and Yesh Atid parties.