Minister Moshe Kahlon clarified Monday that he was leaving the Knesset, not Likud, during a faction meeting.
Kahlon stressed his loyalty to the Likud Party, saying that he would take part in the election campaign and try to help Likud, "so it can continue to lead."
"I grew up with Likud values," Kahlon said, lauding Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and emphasizing that without him, he would not have been able to about the reforms that he did. Kahlon led reforms that drastically cut prices for cellular phone services.
For his part, Netanyahu said that he understood "the need to take a break," however he said he would continue to try and sway him to stay. "Your place is with us," he told Kahlon.