Kahlon Party Generates Much Speculation

Media speculates that former Mossad chief and former MK Shama-Hacohen will run with Moshe Kahlon.

Elad Benari,

Moshe Kahlon
Moshe Kahlon
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Former Minister Moshe Kahlon’s party does not even have a name, but has already attracted much interest and been the subject of speculation.

Kahlon has yet to officially announce the names of any candidates who will run with him in the upcoming elections, but Israeli media reported on Thursday about several names who were reportedly running with Kahlon.

Among the names brought up were Professor Manuel Trajtenberg and former Mossad chief Meir Dagan.

Late Thursday night, Army Radio reported that former Likud MK Carmel Shama-Hacohen, a close friend of Kahlon who is currently serving as Israel's envoy to the OECD, is making his way to Israel and will join Kahlon’s party.

Trajtenberg headed the government-appointed committee that figured out ways to lower the cost of living for middle class Israelis following the 2011 social protests, and recently warned that young Israelis’ frustration with the high cost of living in Israel was a “real threat”.

Dagan has several times criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s policies, including a dismissal of the Prime Minister’s demand that the Palestinian Authority (PA) recognize Israel as a Jewish state as “nonsense”, and declaring that he does not believe a nuclear Iran would be an existential threat to Israel.

Kahlon’s election headquarters dismissed all the speculations on Thursday evening, telling Army Radio, “A list has not yet been formulated and any names are merely an assumption.”

On Wednesday, Kahlon outlined some of his new party's platform, saying it would be focused on economic development and fixing the cost of living crisis.

Channel 2 poll released Tuesday suggested that Kahlon’s new party would win 10 seats in the 20th Knesset, if the elections were held today. A Channel 10 poll found that together, Kahlon, Lapid and Liberman’s parties would win 33 seats if elections were held today, compared to a combined 39 seats for the Likud and Jewish Home.




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