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Ministering Justice

A Conversation With Ayelet Shaked

Ayelet Shaked

  • Country: Israel
  • Title: Minister of Justice

Ayelet Shaked is a relative new­comer to Israeli politics. Shaked, 40, served as Benjamin Netanyahu’s office manager before breaking with the prime minister and joining Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party in 2012 and then winning election to the Knesset in 2013. Following the 2015 election, Shaked was named Israel’s minister of justice. Since then, she has courted controversy with a number of moves that critics call undemocratic, such as promoting a bill that would highlight which nongovernmental organ­izations (NGOs) get a majority of their funding from foreign governments. Shaked, who worked as a software engi­neer before entering politics, recently spoke to Foreign Affairs’ managing editor, Jonathan Tepperman, in Tel Aviv. 

You’ve been justice minister for a year now. Which accomplishments are you most proud of?

One is the nomination of judges. I’ve already nominated 100 judges [to fill vacant posts], which is a lot. Also, we are

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