Chairman Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party reacted to Sunday evening's appointment of Moshe Kahlon to head the board of the Israel Lands Administration by saying that Prime Minister and Likud Party Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu, "again prefer gimmicks over orderly plans to solve the serious problems of the Israeli middle class." Referring to Kahlon's previously announced plans to take a break from public life, Lapid continued, "Instead of displaying an orderly plan to solve the housing problem, as Yesh Atid has, Netanyahu prefers to return Kahlon to an executive position and thus expresses utter disbelief in his list [of Knesset candidates]." He also said, "The prime minister, who managed to distance the only social ingredient he had from himself and the Likud, gave in to the pressure of the drop in the polls and is trying to make desperate last-minute moves, before the public goes to the polls."
Earlier, Hatnua Chairwoman Tzipi Livni referred to Kahlon's appointment as "the supertanker which is intended to put out the fires of the surveys that he [Netanyahu -ed.] sees every day". She added, "We, unlike Netanyahu, are not looking for and will not seek a fig leaf we can depend on each day."