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Israeli ex-minister who incited genocide against Palestinians to head New Right party

Shaked was a minister in the previous government of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu [AFP]

Date of publication: 22 July, 2019

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Former Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has assumed the leadership of her right-wing nationalist party ahead of September's unprecedented repeat elections.
Former Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has assumed the leadership of her right-wing nationalist party ahead of September's unprecedented repeat elections.

The New Right party had failed to garner enough votes in April to win seats in parliament, but announced on Sunday it's running again.

Party co-founder Naftali Bennett said he's stepping aside for Shaked.

Shaked seeks to unify religious nationalist parties under her leadership to form a "significant power" in the next government, she said.

Both Bennett and Shaked were ministers in the previous government of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who was unable to muster a governing coalition in April's vote.

The two former ministers had split from their religious-nationalist Jewish Home party and sought greater power by appealing to new secular voters, but the maneuver backfired.

Who is Ayelet Shaked?

A pugnacious, secular woman once in the Jewish Home party, Shaked is known for her extreme, ultranationalist views.

Born in Tel Aviv to a Likud-voting Iraqi father and politically left-wing Ashkenazi mother, Shaked served as an instructor in the Israeli armys' Golani Brigade, where she first became interested in right-wing politics. 

She established a right wing extra-parliamentary 'movement for Zionist activity' called My Israel with Bennett, who is also a vocal opponent of a Palestinian state.

As a Knesset member, Shaked also campaigned against illegal immigration from Africa to Israel, saying that it poses a threat to the state.

Shaked made headlines following a Facebook post on June 30 2014, where she likened Palestinians to "snakes" and said all Palestinians should be "eliminated".

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