Kahlon: I would 'step aside' to bring in Herzog

If Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wishes to bring Yitzhak Herzog into his coalition, Moshe Kahlon would back him to the hilt.

Moshe Cohen ,

Moshe Kahlon
Moshe Kahlon
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With just a single vote between it and oblivion, the common wisdom has it that the fall of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government is just a matter of time. Recent polls, however show that the right could gain if new elections were to be held now.

But if it does, count Finance Minister and Kulanu head Moshe Kahlon out, he said Monday – and the same goes for adding more right wing parties, like Yisrael Beytenu, to the government. “We have a problem operating with such a small government. I am doing the best I can under the circumstances, and I wholeheartedly support expanding the coalition.”

If, that is, the new coalition partner is Yitzhak Herzog's Zionist Camp. “I am willing to give up my job if it helps bring Herzog into the coalition,” Kahlon said. “He, too, would like to see the government expanded. I see a good chance for this to happen. The best way to calm the situation is to expand the government.”

But that doesn't go for an expanded right-wing government that would include Yisrael Beytenu, said Kahlon. “If Netanyahu has in mind uniting all members of the government in one party, I am not sure I would be a part of it. I see my place as being in Kulanu,” he said. “I have no intention of joining or being part of a 'big right-wing bloc.” According to Kahlon, it is not because he disagrees with the right's agenda. “My issues with the Prime Minister related to social policy, not other things,” he said.

Although Kahlon did not mention Yisrael Beytenu as the odd man out in his coalition preferences, the party led by Avigdor Liberman is the only right-wing party not in the government right now.

With that, Kahlon said he supports what Netanyahu is doing on defense issues. “I stand behind the Prime Minister,” he said, adding that he believes that “Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority are trying very hard to calm things.”



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