Israeli Minister Shaked Supports Total Annexation of Area C

Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked supports the total annexation of Area C of the occupied West Bank, she said in an interview published yesterday.

Speaking to The Atlantic, Shaked said that she supports the total annexation of Area C � which amounts to some 60 percent of the occupied West Bank and that in doing so Israel would absorb 100,000 Palestinians as citizens.

Shaked also spoke out about Israel’s controversial Nation State law, adopted in July, which declared that Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people and they have an exclusive right to national self-determination in it.

Shaked told the Atlantic she sees no contradiction between the fact that Israel has full personal equality of citizenship but extends national rights only to the Jewish people.

In the immediate aftermath of the Nation-State law, Shaked warned the Israeli Supreme Court against interfering with or overturning the controversial law, saying such a move would be an earthquake, a war between the authorities. Her comments drew the ire of onlookers who saw her as threatening the state’s legal institutions, but in yesterday’s interview, she stood by her comments.

Shaked also told The Atlantic that she thought Naftali Bennett, Israel’s education minister and leader of the Jewish Home party (of which Shaked is a member), would be the best successor to current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Shaked explained that in the post-Netanyahu era, Naftali Bennett is best suited to be prime minister, but did not rule out running for the office herself at a later date.

Both Shaked and Bennett are key figures in the Jewish Home party, a religious-Zionist political party that advocates for illegal settlement of the occupied West Bank. Jewish Home currently holds eight seats in the Knesset and has become increasingly popular, with a recent poll demonstrating that the party could gain ten seats if elections were held imminently.

Source: Palestine Chronicle