Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to appoint Ayelet Shaked as justice minister in his fourth term in government.
Shaked, a member of Knesset representing the far-right HaBayit HaYehudi (“Jewish Home”) party, is known for her extreme, ultranationalist views.
She is in fact known for her call for the genocide of Palestinians during Israel’s summer 2014 attack on Gaza.
Shaked’s appointment strengthens the already predominantly right-leaning coalition and means more in favor of pushing for the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
Meet Ayelet Shaked, Israel's new Justice Minister: -On Palestinian kids: "little snakes." -On African migrants: "they're all infiltrators."— Steven Salaita (@stevesalaita) May 7, 2015
She's shown contempt for Israel's supreme court & for Palestinians. And now Ayelet Shaked will be Israel's brand new Justice Minister. Wow.— Inigo Gilmore (@InigoGilmore) May 7, 2015
Ayelet Shaked, new Israeli Justice Minister: Palestinian people are the enemy- elderly, women, IDF should kill mothers bc they birth snakes— Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) May 6, 2015
She is not a well-liked person outside of Israel and with right-wing Jews. In 2014, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared Shaked to Hitler saying, “This mentality is no different to that of Hitler.”
Not many in her own country are happy with her appointment.
She may not have been chosen for the post had the Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett given an ultimatum to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, demanding that Shaked be named justice minister or Jewish Home would go to the opposition.
Who is Ayelet Shaked?
The controversial politician is of half Iraqi descent. “Her mother’s ancestors came to what is now Israel from the former Russian Empire and Romania in the first wave of Jewish immigration in 1882, known as the First Aliyah. Her father, an Iraqi Jew, immigrated to Israel in the 1950s by way of Iran. They met in the army.”
She is married to a fighter pilot and has two children. She studied to be a computer engineer after her military service and began her career in the Tel Aviv hi-tech industry.
When Netanyahu’s Likud party suffered a major blow in the 2006 elections, Shaked wrote to Netanyahu to offer her services. From 2006 to 2008, she worked as an office director for Benjamin Netanyahu. She then went on to establish My Israel with Naftali Bennett.
In January 2012, she was elected to serve as the coordinator of Likud but resigned just six months later. In November of the same year she took third place in the Knesset party primaries and was placed in the fifth spot in the joint register for elections for the 19th Knesset. The Bayit Yehudi list won 12 seats, and Shaked became the only secular member of Knesset representing the party in the Knesset. She is a member of the Committee for Economic Affairs, House Committee, Committee on Foreign Workers and an alternate member in the Finance Committee.
She is active in a lot of spheres and serves as the head of the Knesset Lobby for Infiltrators, the Lobby for Israeli Literature and the Encouragement of Reading in Israel and the Lobby for Jonathan Pollard.
She also serves as a member of the Lobby to Promote the Employment of Arab Women Academics, the Lobby for Female Knesset Members, Lobby for Equality in Employment, Lobby for Reserve Soldiers, the Lobby for alliances with Christians, the Lobby for the Hi-Tech Industry in Israel, and others.