Former Likud minister Moshe Kahlon, once one of the party’s most popular up-and-coming politicians, will assemble his own political party for the 2017 elections.
Kahlon, who served as Israel’s communications minister and welfare and social services minister until 2013, announced Sunday that his new political party tentatively includes former Mossad director Meir Dagan, economist Professor Manuel Trajtenberg, and General Yoav Galant.
“If Moshe Kahlon establishes this party it will be a powerful party that will attract many votes since he is a familiar and respected figure,” Shimon Sussan, a long-time friend of Kahlon and head of the Hevel Modiin Municipal Council, told Maariv.
Kahlon sent shockwaves though the political system in 2012 when he announced he would be taking a break from politics, though he vowed to remain loyal to Likud.
His new party is expected to draw votes from Likud, Shas, and Yesh Atid, and will likely run on a more left-wing socioeconomic platform than Kahlon’s former party.
Kahlon, who was involved in advancing a number of bills during his two Knesset terms to benefit the poorer segments of Israeli society, on Sunday slammed the government’s treatment of the issue of the lack of affordable housing.
“The housing crisis will not be solved, since all involved do not want to solve it,” Kahlon said. “The crisis itself is the most well-oiled machine to transfer money from the poor segments to the government coffers. This is the real story and the truth and it has to be said.”