Moshe Kahlon posts a picture of former Likud prime minister Menachem Begin, in memory of the 23rd anniversary of his death, and uses the opportunity to criticize the Likud of 2105:
“Today, on March 9, 1992, 23 years ago, Menachem Begin passed away. If he’d be alive he’d be ashamed – ashamed at the loss of direction, at giving up on the social way of looking at people, of the cynical use of employees and the loss of a sense of national dignity.
“A real Likudnik is first and foremost social. A real Likudnik votes Kulanu.
“On security, the public counts on the IDF to defend it. But who do the public trust to safegyard its pockets? To protect its bank account? To fight tycoons? The cost of living? How many more times can one lose the battle of life? I charge forward first, and call on you to come with me. I call on the public to charge forward in the battle over the cost of living, to charge forward and to win.”
Likud MK Miri Regev shot back at Kahlon: “Kahlon is spitting into the cup from which he drank. He speaks against Likud and uses Begin’s name, while I have not seen him once raise the social flag, apart from the cellular phone reform, during all his years as a Likud member and minister. I call on Likudniks who left their home for Kahlon and other parties to return home.”
Meanwhile a Kulanu official tells Ynet that Likud “threatened us: either announce you are going to recommend Benjamin Netanyahu to establish the government, or we will make the campaign against Kahlon personal.” The Kulanu official says the party was “unimpressed” and said it will not publicly announce its candidate for prime minister unless one of the parties announces its acceptance of Kulanu’s social platform.