Ayelet Shaked, says Judea and Samaria settlement pioneer Daniella Weiss, is the right person in the right place at the right time to serve as Justice Minister. “There are many issues – land ownership rights, construction permits, residents, the status of communities, and more – that she will have to deal with. And I am sure she will deal with them successfully.”
According to reports, Likud has agreed to appoint Jewish Home's Shaked as the new Justice Minister. Shaked's appointment is considered a major political coup and could potentially pave the way for an historic change in Israeli politics. The judicial system in Israel is considered to be the strongest governmental bastion of the leftist founding elites, and its “activism” has hampered attempts by the Right to effectively rule Israel for decades.
“Many of the issues she will have an opportunity to deal with have been the sole responsibility of the left,” said Weiss, the now-retired long-time Mayor of the Samaria town of Kedumim. “It's time that the right had an opportunity to manage these issues, to truly rule the country and not allow the courts to dictate the state's attitude to Judea and Samaria, as has been the case until now.”
It's definitely a “bump-up” for Jewish Home, Weiss said. “Education, Culture and Sport, and other such portfolios are important, but they would have kept the party away from the real essence of rulership.” The decision by Yisrael Beytenu's Avigdor Liberman not to join the government paved the way for new possibilities, said Weiss. “Now Jewish Home had an opportunity to demand the Justice Ministry, and thus it will be a full partner in dealing with matters of national security.” Both the Justice Minister and the Education Minister – the task allocated to Jewish Home party head Naftali Bennett – will be members of the “inner security cabinet,” where major government security decisions are made.
Leftist MKs and activists have sharply criticized the prospect that Shaked would be Justice Minister. Yariv Oppenheimer, head of the Peace Now organization, tweeted, "Shaked as Justice Minister is like placing an idol in the Temple. No less.” MK Nachman Shai (Labor) also condemned the possible move, saying, "the demand to give Ayelet Shaked the Justice portfolio is like giving the Fire and Rescue Services to a pyromaniac." According to MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin of Labor – or, as it is formally known, the Zionist Union - "Shaked will be an anti-law and justice minister, a minister who will fight the legal system instead of strengthening it, a minister who might push the rule of law in Israel toward a dangerous abyss. The appointment of Ayelet Shaked is comparable to the appointment of Yair Lapid as Religions Minister,” Verbin added.