Retired IDF General Yoav Galant Joins Kulanu

Moshe Kahlon announces retired IDF general Yoav Galant will be joining his Kulanu party ahead of March elections.

Yaakov Levi ,

Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant
Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Adding to the “parade of stars” he has been gathering for his party, Moshe Kahlon announced Thursday that retired IDF general Yoav Galant will be joining his list for the upcoming Knesset elections. Galant, who was almost chosen as IDF Chief of Staff in 2010, retired when that job went to current Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. He was knocked out of the running because of allegations of improperly annexing land next to his home.

Rumors were also rife that Galant would be chosen to be the next Chief of Staff, but instead that office will go to General Gadi Eizenkott.

Last month, Galant denied reports that he was to be placed in the 11th spot in Likud's list for the Knesset – one of two spots to which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has the prerogative to appoint people of his choosing.

Galant joins a long list of well-known personalities that Kahlon has gathered to run in the upcoming Knesset elections on his Kulanu list, among them former Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren and Israel Prize Winner and social activist Eli Elaluf as candidates. Several days ago, Kahlon presented the first female candidate for the party's 2015 elections list Monday: Yifat Sasha-Biton, a Kiryat Shmona City Council member and former deputy mayor for the northern Israel city.

Kahlon is planning to present a total of eight women to his party list, according to Walla! News, reserving two spots on his 20-seat list from every five for female candidates. One is expected to be 38-year-old Rachel Azaria, deputy mayor of Jerusalem; she was reportedly highly recommended by Kahlon's brother-in-law for the position.

The latest elections poll projects eight seats in the Knesset for Kulanu, with the possibility of 1-2 more due to a 'surplus votes' pact with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman's Yisrael Beytenu party.