Kahlon denies discussing merge with Likud

Finance Minister denies Kulanu is mulling a merge with the Likud, says the Likud's ideology is different than Kulanu's.

Haim Lev ,

Moshe Kahlon
Moshe Kahlon
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Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon denied on Saturday night that his Kulanu party is negotiating a possible merger with the Likud.

"In recent weeks, various parties with interests in the Likud have been disseminating spins and rumors all meant at creating a misrepresentation that Kulanu is in talks with a union with the Likud," he wrote on his Facebook page.

Kahlon stressed that Kulanu was established to correct social injustices.

"I returned to political life in order to correct social injustices that perpetuated inequality, resulting in unbearable social gaps,” he continued. “The Kulanu party is leading social changes that have not been seen here for decades. Raising wages for IDF soldiers, raising income supplement for seniors, an historic wage agreement that benefits low-income workers, the reform in housing for young couples, subsidized mortgages and reduced taxes for the citizens of Israel are part of the list."

Kahlon made clear that the Likud’s ideological way is different than that of his party and that there is no intention to merge with it.

"We have no intention to join political frameworks which have chosen to act in a way that is not ours. On the contrary, if someone believes so strongly in our way, he is welcome to join us," he wrote.

"We will continue to address the issues for which I founded the Kulanu party. They are important to each and every member of Israeli society than any such or another interest," concluded Kahlon.

Kahlon was one of the most popular ministers with the Likud in recent years, but quit the party before the 2013 elections and returned before the 2015 vote with Kulanu, which focuses on economic development and fixing the cost of living crisis.

He has continuously accused the Likud of abandoning its social principles, a fact which he said led to his leaving the party and forming Kulanu.