Shaked hits back at Liberman: No to 'Hamas-stan'

Justice Minister responds to support for 'Palestinian state' from PM, Liberman, says only Jewish Home supports Judea and Samaria.

Ari Soffer ,

Ayelet Shaked with Yesha Council head Avi Roeh
Ayelet Shaked with Yesha Council head Avi Roeh
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Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home), on Tuesday afternoon launched a veiled jab both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and newly-appointed Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, for their recent comments in support of the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Speaking during a tour of Samaria's Binyamin Region, along with Yesha Council head and Binyamin Regional Council leader Avi Roeh, Shaked vowed her party would never allow the surrender of Judea and Samaria for the creation of a 23rd Arab state.

"To state the obvious: As long as we are in the government, a Palestinian state will not be established, settlements will not be evacuated and no territory whatsoever will be surrendered to the enemy," Shaked declared.

"Today it is clearer than ever," she continued. "The Jewish Home is the only party which fights for settling the land and against the establishment of a Hamas-stan or an ISIS-stan next door to us."

Shaked also related to a poll released earlier Tuesday which showed that the vast majority of Israelis - across the political spectrum - support the formal annexation of Maale Adumim.

The poll, she said, "strengthens the need to fight for the implementation of (Israeli) sovereignty throughout all of Area C of Judea and Samaria."

Avigdor Liberman's inclusion in the Israeli coalition government has drawn strong criticism from some, including the US government, citing his allegedly "hardline" positions.

But the politically agile Liberman - who has previous form in switching rapidly between hawkish and dovish positions - has in recent days taken great pains to emphasize his credentials as a "pragmatist."