Kahlon: Lapid Provided Zero Solutions

Kulanu head Moshe Kahlon attacks Yair Lapid for housing crisis, calls his tenure as Finance Minister 'risky gamble we're all paying for.'

Cynthia Blank ,

Moshe Kahlon
Moshe Kahlon

Kulanu continues to try to grab centrist votes from the more dominant Yesh Atid - and this time Kulanu's Chairman Moshe Kahlon is attacking Yair Lapid personally. 

Reiterating a statement Sunday by his party, Kahlon said Monday that the former Finance Minister is the one primarily responsible for Israel's housing crisis, and in particular, the increase in real estate prices in the last two years. 

"Lapid received everything - 19 mandates, the Ministry of Finance, and leadership of the housing cabinet. It was in his hands," Kahlon wrote on his Facebook page. 

"[Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu was wrong to let an inexperienced politician handle a national crisis. It was a risky gamble and we're all paying for it," he rebuked.  

Kahlon continued his attack, blaming Lapid for "receiving the transport but not delivering the goods. Housing prices rose 17% during his tenure, and there is a fine of NIS 160,000 ($40,000) for every young couple."

"Lapid provided zero solutions, only headlines in the newspaper. This is a missed opportunity of historic proportions. Lapid must be forbidden from returning to the Ministry of Treasury. You cannot give him a second chance and gamble once again on fictitious programs." 

Referring to the housing report to be published this week by the State Comptroller, Kahlon called "to accept the recommendations of the Comptroller and implement them." 

"We are the only ones taking care of this structural failure and demanding the concentrations of all those in the Ministry of Finance in order to to produce once and for all a dramatic solution to the supply volume of houses in the market," Kulanu's Chairman stressed. 

While Kahlon trails several seats behind Lapid in the polls, the former Communications Minister is the the public's first choice for Finance Minister.