Former Likud MK Moshe Kahlon will indeed be running for the Knesset – and on Wednesday evening, he introduced his new party to Israelis. The party's name will be “Kulanu,” meaning “all of us.”
The name is reminiscent of the campaign phrase used by Ehud Barak in his campaign for the Prime Minister's position in 1999, when he said that he would be the leader of “kulam” - everyone.
Kahlon did not announced the names of any of the candidates who would be running with him. However, he said, his slogan to the voters would be “Be like Kahlon” (“Tihyu Kahlonim”) - a phrase coined, ironically, by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who was encouraging ministers in his cabinet to follow the example of Kahlon who, when Communications Minister, engineered the plan to significantly reduce the cost of cellphone service in Israel.
According to polls, Kahlon's party would do well at the polls, garnering between 10 and 13 seats. Kahlon has not released a party platform, but it is expected that it will focus on economic issues. Nevertheless, Kahlon said over the weekend that he would “not hesitate” to give up land in Judea and Samaria if it was necessary to advance the peace process.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Kahlon had signed a “surplus vote” agreement with Yisrael Beteynu's Avigdor Liberman, to transfer votes to one or the other party if the extra votes could help either party get another Knesset seat.