Moshe Kahlon

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Moshe Kahlon is an Israel
Israel
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i politician who currently serves as a member of the Knesset
Knesset
The Knesset is the unicameral legislature of Israel, located in Givat Ram, Jerusalem.-Role in Israeli Government :The legislative branch of the Israeli government, the Knesset passes all laws, elects the President and Prime Minister , approves the cabinet, and supervises the work of the government...

 for Likud
Likud
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 and as Minister of Communications
Communications Minister of Israel
The Communications Minister of Israel is the political head of the Israeli Ministry of Communications and a relatively minor position in the Israeli cabinet. The post was established in 1952, and until 1970 was known as the Minister of Postal Services...

 and Minister of Welfare & Social Services.

Biography


Kahlon was born in the Givat Olga neighbourhood of Hadera
Hadera
Hadera is a city located in the Haifa District of Israel approximately from the major cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa. The city is located along of the Israeli Mediterranean Coastal Plain...

, the son of Libyan immigrants and one of seven children. He served in the Israel Defense Forces
Israel Defense Forces
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 from 1978 to 1986, in the Ordnance Corps. After completing his army service he started a business of importing appliances for cars. He later studied political science
Political science
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 and general studies
General Studies
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 at the University of Haifa
University of Haifa
The University of Haifa is a university in Haifa, Israel.The University of Haifa was founded in 1963 by Haifa mayor Abba Hushi, to operate under the academic auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem....

, receiving a BA
Bachelor's degree
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 before going on to gain an LL.B
Bachelor of Laws
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 from Netanya Academic College
Netanya Academic College
Netanya Academic College is a private college based in Netanya, Israel. Established in 1994 by a team from Bar-Ilan University, it has an enrolment of around 4,000 undergraduate students...

.

Political career


Kahlon was first elected to the Knesset in the 2003 elections, and was appointed Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. In the run up to the 2006 elections, he surprisingly won third place on Likud's list in the party's primaries. He retained his seat again in the 2009 elections
Israeli legislative election, 2009
Elections for the 18th Knesset were held in Israel on 10 February 2009. These elections became necessary due to the resignation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as leader of the Kadima party, and the failure of his successor, Tzipi Livni, to form a coalition government...

 after being placed sixth on the Likud list, and was appointed Minister of Communications on 31 March.

In the Knesset, Kahlon has worked to improve the financial situation of the economically disadvantaged sectors of Israeli society. In this endeavor, he worked to pass a bill to reduce electricity charges for poor families and headed an inquiry into bank fees. On 19 January 2011 he was appointed Minister of Welfare & Social Services after the resignation of Isaac Herzog.

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