Shaked leaves Justice Ministry: What’s next?

“I am going to be free for a period of time; I won’t commit to how long it’ll be.”

April 18, 2019 05:10
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Ayelet Shaked raises a toast to Justice Ministry workers before Passover on April 17th, 2019

Ayelet Shaked raises a toast to Justice Ministry workers before Passover on April 17th, 2019. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Ayelet Shaked said goodbye to the Justice Ministry on Wednesday, hinting at a future comeback from politics after her New Right Party didn’t make it into the Knesset.

In pre-Passover remarks to Justice Ministry employees, Shaked said she felt strongly connected to the ministry, which “has the best men and women in the civil service. I succeeded, with your help, to set goals and see us gradually move towards them. It appears that the will of the voters – and the electoral threshold – led me, after six intensive years, to have to be free for a period of time; I won’t commit to how long it’ll be.”

In a Facebook post on Tuesday night, Shaked said she is optimistic.

“I am a great believer in Israeli democracy, and I am eternally grateful to have the opportunity to serve the country in the Knesset and the government,” she wrote. “The revolution we began will not end. It will continue, because there is no other way.”

Shaked promised that she will “continue to serve the Israeli public wherever I go, with love and dedication.”

The New Right came in only about 1,400 votes below the 3.25% electoral threshold, a result that was finalized on Tuesday. Shaked and Education Minister Naftali Bennett formed the party ahead of this year’s election, breaking off from Bayit Yehudi.

Since then, there have been persistent rumors that Shaked would rejoin the Likud, a party of which she was a central committee member before entering electoral politics with Bennett. Before that, Bennett and Shaked were senior aides to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was opposition leader at the time, but their time in his office ended rancorously.

MK David Bitan said earlier this week that he spoke to Shaked and expects her to join Likud soon. He called on Netanyahu to appoint her as a minister.

Bennett also wrote a Facebook post after the final results of the election were publicized on Tuesday, but he focused more on the vote count and less on his future.

He wrote of Shaked that he has “no doubt that she will return to serve our nation.”

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