Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked spoke to Israel National News on Wednesday about her feelings after she signed the agreement on the unification between her Yamina Party and Minister Yoaz Hendel’s Derech Eretz Party, which will run together as the Zionist Spirit Party.

"This is a very exciting evening for me, both because of the launch of the united party, the Zionist Spirit, and also because of the ruling regarding Mitzpe Kramim. I worked on keeping Mitzpe Kramim for many years as Minister of Justice together with the residents, together with [former Attorney General] Avichai Mandelblit. It was a long process," she said.

"This ruling is very significant both because we managed to save a community and also because we developed a legal tool, the market regulation, which will allow more and more communities to be legalized. For me, this is the happiest evening ever," Shaked said.

Commenting on the disappointment among the voters of Yamina that the party joined a government with the Ra'am Party, Minister Shaked said, "I understand these feelings. I know that half of Yamina’s voters find it difficult, but I want to point out that they should open their eyes and look at the facts, and the facts are that we have preserved the values ​​of the right and the values ​​for which we were elected. We built the settlement in Judea and Samaria, we developed the Negev, Hamas is deterred, there was an amazing Flag Parade in Jerusalem, the Iranians don't sleep at night, the economy is booming. We did good things. We need to look at the facts."

Regarding the slate that the union with Hendel will put forward, Shaked said, "Our slate will consist of half religious Zionists and half right-wing secularists."