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Israel Political Parties: Kulanu

Popular Likud member Moshe Kahlon announced the formation of a new party prior to the 2015 election with the goal of attracting honest, non-corrupt, professional candidates, which he contrasted with the “unclean” nature of Israel's politics today.  One week after the announcement he revealed the party name to be Kulanu, meaning "all of us" in Hebrew. 

The party platform focuses on economic and cost-of-living issues, looking to improve the economic well-being of Israeli families.  Moshe Kahlon is known for his support of issues affecting the middle class, and the party platform centers around lowering the cost of living for Israel's middle income families.  The party supports the idea of a 2 state solution. 

Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the US, joined the Kulanu party list on December 24, 2014.  In early January 2015 Rachel Azaria, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, was added to the Kulanu list. 

Polls conducted in January 2015 projected that the Kulanu Party could possibly win anywhere from 8-12 seats in the Knesset during the 2015 election.  Kulanu ended up coming in fifth place in the election with 10 seats in the Knesset, behind Likud, the Zionist Union, Wamab, and Yesh Atid.

Sources: Heller, Aron.  "Ex-Netanyahu ally looks to be Israeli kingmaker."  AP.  December 3, 2014. 
Sterman, Adiv.  "Popular ex-Likud minister launches new party."  Times of Israel.  December 3, 2014.
"Knesset votes to disolve, new elections set for March 17."  Times of Israel.  December 8, 2014.
Jalil, Justin.  "Ex-envoy to the US Michael Oren joins new Kulanu Party."  Times of Israel.  December 24, 2014.