Since announcing his desire to quit politics, MK Moshe Kahlon has expressed skepticism over Likud's confidence in the upcoming elections, saying recent polls projecting 27-29 Knesset seats for Likud are not realistic.
According to Channel 10, Kahlon reportedly voiced doubts about his party, saying current social circumstances in the country have shifted the tide of favor. "Don't be so sure Likud is going to win," he reportedly said to a number of government officials. "It's going to be a tough one."
Kahlon added that former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's possible return to the national stage might throw a wrench in Likud's plans.
"If Olmert announces his return to politics, Likud stands a great chance of losing the elections," he reportedly said. "I told Bibi the same thing."
The MK published a statement following the news report, saying Channel 10 did not speak directly with him and therefore had no right to publish the above quotes. Angered that he was being painted as anything less than sure of the capabilities of his party, he said, "I am certain in Likud's victory in these elections and in Netanyahu's socio-economic path."
Recent polls continue to show Netanyahu as the predicable victor in the upcoming elections and predict that Likud and its allies will likely make up a majority in the 120 seat Knesset.
Kahlon announced his formal resignation from politics over a week ago but pledged his continuing support of Likud.