Kahlon: I Am 'Right-Moderate-Center'

Moshe Kahlon states that his yet-unnamed party will have 'Likud values', take down monopolies in platform speech.

Ido Ben-Porat and Tova Dvorin ,

Moshe Kahlon
Moshe Kahlon
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Former Likud MK Moshe Kahlon's new party will embody the "right-moderate-center" and the "real Likud," Kahlon claimed Wednesday.

"I am moderate-right-center," Kahlon stated, at a lecture at the Kinneret Academic College on Wednesday. "Likud used to be respectable." 

Kahlon then gave a manifesto over his solutions to Israel's two primary economic issues: the high cost of living and the deepening housing crisis. 

"Israel is strong and rich," he stated. "The GNP has doubled five times in the past thirty years, but in practice we receive a lot less. This means that someone here is doing something wrong." 

Kahlon maintained that monopolies were at least part of the problem. 

"Injustice economically is social injustice," he added. "All these problems have known solutions; we have contingency plans for every problem. What we need is leadership, courage, and values."

Kahlon described the housing crisis as "the crisis of the past 10-15 years" and claimed that "everyone knows what the problem is, everyone knows what the solution is, but no one touches it." 

He derided the fact that the Israel Lands Administration owns 94% of Israel's land, saying that the State of Israel has raised the price of land by 80% in the past six months - thus worsening the housing market as a whole. 

Kahlon has stated on more than one occasion that the party platform - like Finance Minister Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party's during the last elections - would revolve around the cost of living issue, as well as the housing crisis.

However, little else is known about his stance on other issues - or even basic facts, like what its name will be or who will join the fledgling party. The ambiguity has led to much speculation over who will potentially join Kahlon's list, but Kahlon's campaign office dismissed this last week. 

“A list has not yet been formulated and any names are merely an assumption," Kahlon's elections campaign office told IDF Radio