Moshe Kahlon
Moshe Kahlon Yoni Kempinski

Kulanu chairman Moshe Kahlon denied on Wednesday evening that he had been appointed to serve as Finance Minister in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s new coalition.

On Tuesday it was reported that Netanyahu had met Kahlon and that the two agreed that Kahlon would be appointed Finance Minister, a post previously held by Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid.

But Kahlon poured cold water on those reports, writing on his Facebook page on Wednesday evening, “I heard tonight that instead of dealing with the housing shortage and lowering the cost of living, someone thinks that it’s more urgent to divide the tools required to do so in an illogical political and social manner.”

He added that so far no one has held negotiations with him and "therefore no one can agree on our behalf to anything. Before you read the headlines, listen to what I say in my voice or by a person authorized for this purpose. All the rest is spins of those with interests.”

The comments mark the second time this week that Kahlon has warned his supporters not to pay attention to media headlines.

On Sunday, responding to rumors that he had agreed to give up on his demand to head the Knesset’s Finance Committee, Kahlon wrote, “I hear about these and other concessions even before the coalition negotiations have begun. Israel wants and must change.”

“It is our duty to ensure that this change will be made in practice and not just by making empty statements. I suggest you listen only to what I say in my voice and not to what reporters say, based on baseless briefings from people with interests from other parties,” he added.

Meanwhile on Wednesday it was reported that Netanyahu had met with haredi parties United Torah Judaism (UTJ) and Shas, and a source in UTJ later said that “Netanyahu led us to believe that we will be given the Health Ministry and the chairmanship of the Knesset Finance Committee.”

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