Ayelet Shaked:
'Yamina is a government alternative, Bennett should be next Prime Minister'

Shaked was asked what government positions she aims for after election: 'Justice, Finance, Education are very important right now.'

Ido ben Porat ,

Shaked and Bennett campaigning in Jerusalem
Shaked and Bennett campaigning in Jerusalem
Flash 90

Former Justice Minister MK Ayelet Shaked attended the 2nd National Education Conference of the Bnei Akiva Yeshivot and Ulpanot Center and Makor Rishon, and addressed burning issues on the agenda.

Shaked said of her party's preparations for the upcoming elections that "Yamina is a government alternative. We are the second largest party in the polls, and we think Naftali Bennett should be the next prime minister, he is made for it and fits it."

Shaked added that "the religious Zionist sector leads in many areas - in the army, in the media, in the public sector, and can also lead in politics." When asked if Yamina is only a sectoral party, Shaked replied that "Yaminah today is a broad pan-Israeli party, but its core is the religious Zionist sector. We need to stop looking at ourselves as some excess of another party, but strive to lead and take the lead."

Referring to the question of whether Yamina will run in the elections together with Betzalel Smotrich and the National Union, Shaked replied that "Yamina will continue together in its current form. We work very well together, no one wants to dismantle this partnership. I think Yamina as a major party should contain a wide range of opinions. Religious Zionism is also a very broad fan of opinions."

Asked why she was in favor of dissolving the Knesset, when only a month ago she opposed it, Shaked replied that "indeed a month ago there was the budget crisis; we said that we must not go to the polls and make a big effort and pass the budget, because at such a time, a state without a budget is irresponsible and a real crime against the citizens of Israel.

"But in the last two months we have seen that there is no intention to transfer a budget, and in fact we have come to the understanding that the choice is between a three-month election campaign, and a dragging two-year election campaign. In a situation like this, it would be better to have a three-month election campaign and end it and form a functioning new government."

Shaked attacked Prime Minister Netanyahu for choosing to keep Yamina out of the coalition: "We went with great loyalty to the Prime Minister, we thought Yamina was a strategic and important asset, but Netanyahu chose to dismantle the Right bloc. Once he had a new bride on the Left, he threw Yamina out to the opposition."

On the government's handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, Shaked said, "It's been failing and sloppy from start to finish. Netanyahu and Gantz have scored a total failure in managing the COVID-19 crisis. Families are crashing, millions are unemployed, the people are in conflict, the budget isn't passing, people want a different alternative - someone who knows how to manage this event."

On the decision of the Bnei Akiva Yeshiva Center to stop the return to school, Shaked said that "it was right. It couldn't be that as soon as we left lockdown, when it wasn't yet clear what exactly was happening, that students in ulpanot and yeshivot would study, and all the other students in the State of Israel would not study. Therefore, the decision not to open them was the right one."

At the same time, Shaked said that now, after a long time, "we need to see how everyone can return to school safely. We need to find a safe way to learn there. Students need to understand that you have to wear masks all the time; every class should be isolated without meeting during breaks and in the evenings."

Finally, Shaked was asked what position she is assigning herself to after the election and said that she is not currently in charge of distributing positions, but "there is no doubt that the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Education, have many very important positions at this time. If there are elections, we will first do that well, and only then will we divide up the ministries."