Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed with Minister Moshe Kahlon that he will head the Israel Land Administration (ILA).
The Likud explained that the appointment is meant to "meaningfully lower the price of housing for all of Israel's citizens," with an emphasis on young couples and newly discharged soldiers.
The popular Kahlon announced surprisingly that he was leaving politics three months ago. "I decided to take a time out and I will not vie for a spot in the Likud list for the next Knesset," he said.
Kahlon insisted at the time that he supports Likud and Prime Minister Netanyahu, and promised that he would take part in the planning of social and economic policies.
The timing of the announcement of his appointment to head the ILA is undoubtedly related to the upcoming elections and to Likud's faltering state in the polls.