Kahlon's goal: 20 seats

Finance Minister and Kulanu chairman believes his party will be the second largest in the Knesset in the next election.

Hezki Baruch ,

Moshe Kahlon
Moshe Kahlon

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said on Thursday that his Kulanu party intends to be the second largest party in the next Knesset and win 20 seats.

His comments came at a toast with party activists in honor of Rosh Hashanah, which was held in Beit Shemesh.

"At the party's founding conference I said that we are running on a clear social agenda. I said it would bother certain groups and if we succeed they will attack us from all fronts and the more we succeed the more we will be attacked,” said Kahlon.

"We see the attacks of those with interests. We see groups that do not want us to continue the reform in the housing prices or the banking reform. I have a lot of respect for those who shout but I am more committed to those who remain silent. To those who suffer in silence. We shout on their behalf,” he continued.

"For those who did not understand, and for those who did not get it right, the answer is right here on this stage. For all those with interests who want to hurt young couples trying to buy their first apartment, this is the goal we set when we established the Kulanu party - this is Kulanu’s right of existence. We are here to fight for the working people, for the young, for the elderly. Without this, we would have no right to exist. We work for them night and day,” Kahlon added.

The Finance Minister stressed that Kulanu would not unite with any party and set a clear goal – that Kulanu becomes the second largest party in the Knesset.

"Recently we've been hearing in the media all sorts of political scenarios and different interpretations of deals and alliances. Of course, these are polls that are leaked by parties,” he said.

"I want to say here this evening in a clear and loud voice - the Kulanu party will stand in the next elections as the second largest party in the Knesset," stated Kahlon. "There is a sign here which says ‘20 seats’ – and that’s what will happen. Everyone can fantasize and imagine whatever they want, but this is reality. We will stand as a center-right socio-economic party - we will be the second largest party, thanks to you and to our Knesset members."

"The public knows who takes action and who just talks. When we get to the campaign, they’ll see what we’ve done. I want to see some proof from other parties. Other parties sit, chat, talk and claim they have power with zero experience and zero deeds. The people will certainly elect us as the second largest party.”

Recent polls have showed a decline for Kulanu. A poll released in July found that it would win just six seats in the next election. A second poll released that same month gave it nine seats.

Kahlon has repeatedly insisted that Kulanu will run independently in the next election, even though polls have found Kulanu could gain power if it forms an alliance with another party, such as Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid.