Kulanu, Yisrael Beytenu, won't join left-wing government

Finance Minister Kahlon says he's 'part of the nationalist camp,' won't sit with a leading party which opposes a united Jerusalem.

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Hezki Baruch,

Avigdor Liberman and Moshe Kahlon at a government meeting
Avigdor Liberman and Moshe Kahlon at a government meeting
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Finance Minister and Kulanu Chairman Moshe Kahlon on Saturday night said his party would not join a leftist government.

In an interview with Channel 2, Kahlon was asked if he is angry at Labor chairman Avi Gabbay for helping found Kulanu and then abandoning them.

"I'm not angry, I'm disappointed at the behavior," Kahlon said. "I'm disappointed in how he acted."

"I can tell you one thing: Kulanu will not join a left-wing government. I am part of the nationalist camp. Unlike the Labor party and its leader, I opposed the eviction from Gush Katif in 2015, and I am in favor of a united Israel and a united Jerusalem. Therefore, I see no situation in which Kulanu would join a leftist government led by the Labor party."

Defense Minister and Yisrael Beytenu Chairman Avigdor Liberman also said he would not join a leftist government.

In an interview with Channel 2's "Meet the Israeli Press" program, Liberman called Gabbay "irrelevant" and said "there are at least two parties - Yisrael Beytenu and Kulanu - which will never join any coalition led by Avi Gabbay. Not only that, you cannot form a coalition at all without these two parties."

"There are a thousand and one reasons why these two parties will never join Gabbay's government. He is simply irrelevant, and he has no chance. You can erase that possibility from the lexicon."








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