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Israeli justice minister: 'Sadly' US Democrats are becoming less Zionist

FILE - In this Sunday, May 17, 2015 file photo, Israel's newly-appointed Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked, 39, attends a ceremony welcoming her at the Justice Ministry, in Jerusalem. Israeli Cabinet ministers have given preliminary approval to a bill that
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Shaked said Israel is capable of absorbing 100,000 Palestinians in order to annex portion of West Bank

Israel’s right-wing Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked says that Israel is capable of absorbing and granting citizenship to 100,000 Palestinians, as she said in an interview with The Atlantic published Tuesday.

In the interview, she stated her support for annexing Area C, the section of the West Bank which is under Israeli control. Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Shaked are currently working to advance plans for the Israeli government to annex Area C.

To annex Area C, which encompasses about 60% of the West Bank, their plan requires Israel to extend citizenship to the Palestinians who live there. Shaked said she was unfazed by the task.

“We can definitely take in 100,000 citizens,” she asserted. “These processes take time to ripen. At the moment, the annexation plan looks like science fiction, but I think that slowly, gradually, people will see what’s going on in the Middle East and realize that it really could happen.”

Shaked, who herself is secular and grew up in liberal Tel Aviv, is one of the most important figures in the religious-nationalist party, the Jewish Home, and the pro-settlement movement.

Shaked acknowledged that a willing American political atmosphere would be essential to her policy plans. In the interview, Shaked spoke out about American politics and expressed her frustration with the “processes” transpiring in the Democratic party.

“Sadly, it’s impossible to ignore the processes taking place in the Democratic Party. You know, the party itself is becoming less and less what’s considered Zionist,” she mused.

The minister continued to assert Israel must ensure good ties with the US, even after Donald Trump- whose administration has been a blessing for Israel-  is no longer president.

“Clearly, the Democrats will return to power at some point—things always change there—and it’s obvious that we have to maintain good relations with them and explain what’s going on in Israel” Shaked concluded.


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