Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke on Sunday evening with Minister Moshe Cachlon and tried to dissuade him from his decision to take a break from politics.
Channel 10 News reported that during the conversation, Cachlon told Netanyahu that he would be willing to temporarily stay with the Likud for the 100 Days’ Team after the election. However, the report said, Netanyahu announced that he was not going to be satisfied with that and will continue to work to convince Cachlon to reverse his decision.
Likud officials told Channel 10 that Cachlon is highly appreciated by Netanyahu which is why he received two portfolios, both the Welfare Ministry as well as the Communications Ministry.
Earlier, Cachlon released a statement in which he wrote, "I have decided to take time out and not contend in the Likud list for the next Knesset.” He stressed that he supports the Likud under Netanyahu's leadership.
Meanwhile, Channel 10 reported, activists in the Likud branch in Haifa have already contacted Cachlon and asked him to consider running for the city’s mayor in the next election which will take place next year.