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Kulanu Party Chairman Moshe Kahlon and former Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, MK Michael Oren, who served as Israel’s ambassador to the United States between 2009 and 2013, on Sunday announced his decision to leave Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu party, Israel Hayom reported.

MK Eli Elalouf has also decided to withdraw from Finance Minister Kahlon’s Kulanu party, which won 10 seats in the 2015 elections, but currently is tittering on the precipice of the vote threshold, and according to many polls is expected to win between four and six Knesset seats.

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Michael Oren announced that he does not rule out joining another party. He is likely to be recruited by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the Likud list for the next Knesset.

“In 2015, I was called upon to serve the State of Israel in the Knesset,” explained Oren. “For four full years, as a Knesset member and later as deputy minister, I worked tirelessly to strengthen Israel’s relations in the world.”

“I met with many leaders, fought the boycott organizations and worked to improve Israel’s image. I do not abandon the diplomatic mission. I will continue to fight against boycott organizations and anti-Israel groups and to represent Israel around the world,” he said.

Oren is a historian by profession.

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