Reports: Moshe Kahlon Negotiating Return to Netanyahu’s Likud Party

Israeli Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon and leader of the Israeli 'Kulanu' party gives a press conference in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on February 13, 2019. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The Times of Israel reports: Following a dismal showing in the polls, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon is negotiating a return to the Likud party. The negotiations are at an advanced stage, with Kahlon’s Kulanu party to be united with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud and Kahlon retaining his position as finance minister, Ynet news reported.

Kahlon is expected to receive an additional cabinet portfolio as part of the agreement, that would see Likud rise to 39 seats in the 120-seat Knesset. This would be the largest number of seats for Likud since the 1988 elections, when it won 40.

It is estimated that details of the merger will be closed by the beginning of next week and Kahlon will take part in a toast to the new arrangement on Tuesday, Hebrew news outlets reported.

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