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Daily Israel Report

Calcala Party Hopes to be the Surprise of the Elections

The founders of the newly-formed Calcala party are hoping to be the surprise of the elections, say polls don't reflect reality.
By Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 1/1/2013, 4:13 AM

The founders of the newly-formed Calcala (Economy) party are hoping to be the surprise of the upcoming elections in Israel.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva, the party's founders expressed hope that they will pass the electoral threshold, noting that some polls have predicted the party will receive four Knesset seats.

Calcala's Knesset list is headed by Yulia Shamalov-Berkovich, who served as an MK for Kadima in the outgoing Knesset.

According to Benny Goldstein, one of the co-founders of Calcala, the polls don't really reflect reality and are the equivalent of rolling a dice every day and thus determining how many seats one will get.

"It's fake, it's not real," he said. "They call only landlines. The polls don't reflect what's happening in real life. They don't call cell phones. Our clientele is usually between 18 and 25. Those ages are the ones voting for us."

Calcala co-founder Danny Goldstein told Arutz Sheva that so far the responses to the new party have been very positive.

"The youngsters really love us," he said. "We also speak to the elderly and to the middle-aged. We  speak to a very large variety of people because we want to bring change to their homes."

"We hope to simplify the economic bureaucracy and make a change," said Benny Goldstein. "We're going to continue to strive to simplify the bureaucracy in Israel and we have a lot of good ideas."