Shaked: 'We were elected to make fundamental changes'

Justice Minister says government has lost sight of its mission. 'People did not elect right-wing government to pass Recommendations Law.'

Tzvi Lev,

Ayelet Shaked at the Saban Forum
Ayelet Shaked at the Saban Forum
Shahar Azran

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked told participants at the Saban Forum that passing laws such as the controversial Reeomcndations Law was focusing the government in the wrong direction.

"The people did not elect a right-wing government to pass the Recommendations Law, but to pass fundamental ideological reforms, such as the law governing the Supreme Court. The coaltion's energy is invested in the wrong direction," said Shaked.

The “Recommendations Law” was approved by the Knesset last Monday and would prohibit the police from making recommendations for and against prosecution at the end of an investigation before passing the findings on to the judiciary.

Shaked also addressed speculation that United States President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "Trump promised this to his electorate and I hope that he will do so," she said.

Shaked also contended that attempts by the United States to mediate a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority were destined to fail. "I invite you to see the reality for yourself. The Israeli-Palestinian gap is too big, there will be no agreement when the Palestinian Authority is engaged in incitement, transferring money to terrorists and appealing to international courts," Shaked said.

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son in law and advisor, will address the Saban Forum on Sunday, in what will be a rare address for the normally reticent White House adviser. Kushner is expected to brief participants on his efforts to broker a peace deal in the Middle East.