Shaked: I knew that sovereignty was nothing but an illusion

Former Justice Minister says she was not surprised by Netanyahu's decision to shelve the application of sovereignty.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Ayelet Shaked
Ayelet Shaked
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MK Ayelet Shaked (Yamina) responded on Friday for the first time to the historic agreement with the United Arab Emirates and, while she welcomed the agreement, she criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for agreeing to postpone a move to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.

"Netanyahu in fact pledged to relinquish sovereignty. Once he threw Yamina into the opposition I realized that sovereignty would not happen,” Shaked told Channel 12 News in an interview.

Shaked welcomed the agreement with the UAE, saying, "It is a good agreement that can help both sides. Economic relations already exist today - and this has certainly opened the door to extensive investment, tourism and diplomacy."

At the same time, she added, "It should be mentioned that there is a huge concession here. Netanyahu pledged to relinquish sovereignty - his key promise in the last election campaign."

Shaked said that Netanyahu’s decision to "sacrifice" sovereignty in exchange for an agreement with the UAE is a mistake.

"He could have been remembered as a historical leader who applied Israeli law to the settlement in Judea and Samaria," Shaked said. "Throughout the campaign, Netanyahu promised to apply sovereignty. Even back then, I said it was an illusion."

Asked whether there will be another election, she replied, "This country must first of all approve a budget. It is inconceivable that Gantz and Netanyahu are playing games and holding the State of Israel hostage. Bennett is fit to be Prime Minister. I think he has shown his abilities in the coronavirus crisis – during times of routine, it is difficult to assess a politician or leader, and it is precisely during times of crisis that you see who has the ability."