Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin on Thursday called on Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon not to leave Likud amid reports that Kahlon is considering defecting from Likud and starting a new party.
In an interview with Army Radio, Rivlin stated: "Moshe, for what reason would you leave? Stay with us and we will have a new social leader."
Referring to Kahlon's announcement that he may form his own party based on Likud principles, Rivlin asked him: "What reason is there to go through all the stress merely to arrive in exactly the same place?"
Likud MK Carmel Shama-Hacohen called Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to meet with Kahlon upon Netanyahu's return from France, and convince him to stay with the Likud, Israel Radio reported on Thursday.
"If Kahlon is indeed considering starting a new party, he should retire from all of his roles in the Likud party immediately," Shama-Hacohen added.