Shaked: Hamas to beg for a cease-fire when Bennett is defense minister

Ayelet Shaked echoed Bennett's call for a harsh response to Gaza rockets. She also called Gantz a "leftist" but would be willing to sit in a coalition government with him

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March 28, 2019 16:21
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Shaked: Hamas to beg for a cease-fire when Bennett is defense minister

Leaders of Hayamin Hechadash Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

 
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Hamas will be begging for a cease-fire, stated Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, commenting on the ideas presented by her co-chair in the New Right party Naftali Bennett for a victory over Hamas.

"The IDF is one of the best armies in the world," Shaked said in an interview with Army Radio on Thursday. "Daring creativity must be activated if Hamas wants to be deterred. I really think that when Bennett becomes defense minister, Hamas will beg for a cease-fire," she stated in an interview Thursday with Army Radio. Bennett, who currently serves as Education Minister, made his presentation yesterday at the Maariv Security Conference. 
Hamas, the terrorist entity that has controlled Gaza since 2006 sent a barrage of rockets into Israel's south this week, prompting Israeli reprisal attacks. One residential home in the central Sharon region suffered a direct hit and scores of civilians were treated for shock.


Shaked also revealed her willingness to sit in a government with Blue and White party head Benny Gantz, but only in the context of a coalition government led by current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 


"It is clear that I will recommend Netanyahu [for Prime Minister]" Shaked told Army Radio. While she praised Gantz for his service as the IDF chief of staff from 2011 to 2015, but added that "in the private sector, he failed miserably and has no political experience."


Shaked dismissed Gantz as "a leftist" while by contrast, her New Right party is staunchly against territorial compromise. 


"My assessment is that after the elections [US President Donald] Trump will publish the peace plan, in the wake of which Netanyahu will invite Gantz to join the government and they will sit together," she stated.  

Elections are scheduled for April 9 with Gantz's Blue and White neck-and-neck in the polls with Netanyahu's Likud.

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