Shaked: The government is no longer right-wing

Justice Minister explains why there is no reason for the continued existence of the government without Bennett as defense minister.

Hezki Baruch,

Ayelet Shaked
Ayelet Shaked
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Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Sunday referred to her party's demand to place the defense portfolio in the hands of Minister Naftali Bennett as a condition for the continued existence of the government.

"At this stage, the government is no longer a right-wing government, unfortunately," Shaked said, explaining that "What was to be done (appointing judges, changing the approach in the state's positions in the Supreme Court, the Regulation Law, Ariel University, dismantling the Council for Higher Education, and many other things) - we have already done.”

On the other hand, she continued, "What still needs to be done (the Override Clause, the removal of infiltrators, the evacuation of Khan al-Ahmar, bringing back deterrence, the prevention of terrorist funds) - it is already clear that it will not be done under this government."

"The only justification for the continued existence of the government until November 2019 is that Bennett will revolutionize security, restore Israel's deterrence that was lost under Liberman over the past two years, and help to break free of the deep crisis in trust in security. Without this, this government is called ‘right-wing’ but in practice fulfills left-wing policy,” Shaked said.

"The public is fed up with voting right and getting left, and the continuation of a faltering left-wing government will endanger right-wing rule. Therefore, we must go to elections as soon as possible in order to form a new government headed by Netanyahu, with the Jewish home the strong party to his right, such that we will finally vote right and get right.”


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