Former coalition head: Shaked could defeat anyone in Likud if she ran

The Minister of Justice is well-liked in the Likud party and could beat any contenders, claimed Likud MK David Bitan.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Former coalition chair David Bitan said that Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked would triumph in the upcoming Likud party primary elections if she ran in a speech given in Eilat on Saturday.
"If she ran... she would get first place," Bitan said. The Likud primaries are set for early 2019. 
Bitan was a guest speaker at a conference held by the Israeli Bar Association.
Bitan claimed that Shaked would be able to beat former education minister Gideon Sa'ar and Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz, and "anyone [else] who may run."
Bitan added that Shaked is loyal to Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party of which she is a member, and that his statement is in reference to how the Likud party "unlike other parties" is able to accept "serious people who can contribute to the Likud and to the state [of Israel]."
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked meets members of the Jewish community in Addis Ababa (Courtesy)

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Bitan declined to answer when asked whether, in his opinion, Shaked is so well-liked she could become Prime Minister after Benjamin Netanyahu leaves office.
If Shaked were to become prime minister of Israel she would be the second woman to serve in that office after Golda Meir, who served between 1969 to 1974.