Likud, Kulanu coalition talks underway
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
March 29, 2015 19:34
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Coalition negotiations between Likud and its top coalition partner Kulanu began at the Knesset for the first time Sunday night.
Kulanu canceled talks that were set to take place Thursday after party leader Moshe Kahlon was upset that he heard from the media that the Knesset Finance Committee chairmanship had been given to United Torah Judaism.
One of the Likud's negotiators, MK Ze'ev Elkin, said the goal of the talks would be to see how the parties can work together to fulfill the country's socioeconomic needs - lowering the cost of living and solving the housing shortage.
"To tackle these issues, the prime minister [Prime MInister Benjamin Netanyhau] must cooperate with his designated finance minister," Elkin said, referring to Kahlon. "We're going to succeed and form a good government to bring results to the people of Israel."
Kulanu negotiator Alon Gelert said "We are here to receive the tools necessary to reach the goal that Moshe Kahlon set when forming Kulanu: Making Israel a better place to live in."
A Kulanu source the party would obtain every necessary commitment and every necessary post to implement the party's reforms. The source said any Kulanu MK could head the Finance Committee, including Kahlon's number two, former general Yoav Galant.
We will make sure we don't fail like [former finance minister Yair] Lapid," the source said.