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Ayelet Shaked

(1976 - )

Ayelet Shaked is an Israeli politician and computer engineer. She is a member of the Knesset for the Jewish Home party since the 2013 Knesset elections, and currently holds third place on the party's list.

Although representing a religious party, Shaked is a secular politician, who began her career in the Tel Aviv hi-tech industry. On 6 May 2015, it was reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had agreed to appoint Shaked as Justice Minister as part of a plan to form a new coalition government.

Ayelet Shaked was born Ayelet Ben Shaul in Tel Aviv, to an upper-middle-class family. Her mother was Ashkenazi (whose family immigrated from Russia in the 1880s) and politically left wing; her father was an Iraqi Jew and voted Likud. She grew up in the Bavli neighbourhood of Tel Aviv. She identified her views as right-wing at the age of 8 years old, after watching a television debate between Yitzhak Shamir and Shimon Peres, where she supported Shamir. She served in the IDF as an infantry instructor in the Golani Brigade. At Tel Aviv University, she obtained a BSc in electrical engineering and computer science. She began her career in the Tel Aviv high-tech industry, working as a software engineer at Texas Instruments, later becoming manager of marketing at Texas Instruments.

From 2006 to 2008, she was office director for the office of Benjamin Netanyahu. From 2010 to 2012, she established My Israel with Naftali Bennett. From the end of 2011, she campaigned against illegal immigration from Africa to Israel, saying that it poses a threat to the state and also involves severe economic damage. She also campaigned against Galei Tzahal saying it had a "left leaning agenda".

In January 2012 Shaked was elected to serve as the coordinator of Likud; however, in June 2012 she resigned. On November 14, 2012 she took third place in the Knesset party primaries, and after their joining with HaIhud HaLeumi she was placed in the fifth spot in the joint register for elections for the 19th Knesset. The Bayit Yehudi list won 12 seats, and Shaked became the only secular Member of Bayit Yehudi in the Knesset.

In the 19th Knesset she was a member of the following committees: Economic Affairs, House Committee, Committee on Foreign Workers and the Finance Committee. She chaired the Knesset committee for the Enforcement of the Security Service Law and the National-Civilian Service Law and the Special Committee for the Equal Sharing of the Burden Bill. She served as the head of the Knesset Lobby for Infiltrators, the Lobby for Israeli Literature and the Encouragement of Reading in Israel and the Lobby for Jonathan Pollard. She served as a member of the Lobby to Promote the Employment of Arab Women Academics, the Lobby for Female Knesset Members, Lobby for Equality in Employment, Lobby for Reserve Soldiers, the Lobby for alliances with Christians, the Lobby for the Hi-Tech Industry in Israel, and others.

She is married with two children and lives in Bavli. Her husband is a fighter-pilot. She is secular. She campaigns for women's rights and for the integration of women into the military.

Shaked is the recipient of the Abramowitz Israeli Prize for Media Criticism. In 2012, she was included in the Globes list of the 50 most influential women.

Sources:"Ayelet Shaked"Knesset official website;
“Talks with a Tel Aviv Settler” Haaretz, (June 22, 2012);
Meet the most surprising candidate of "Jewish Home" NRG (November 26, 2012);
Azulay, Moran (May 6, 2015). "Netanyahu gives Bayit Yehudi's Shaked the Justice Ministry, but with limited powers". Ynetnews (May 6, 2015);
 "In the 11th hour, Netanyahu finalizes 61-strong coalition"The Times of Israel  (May 6, 2015);
Heller, Jeffery "Netanyahu clinches deal to form new Israeli government"Reuters  (May 6, 2015);
Shaked, Ayelet.  "Exposing militant leftist propaganda," The Jerusalem Post (July 18, 2014);
Abunimah, Ali. "Israeli lawmaker’s call for genocide of Palestinians gets thousands of Facebook likes". Electronic Intifada(July 7, 2014) ;
Wiener, Julie  "Who is Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s new justice minister?". Jewish Telegraph Agency (May 7, 2014);
Tharoor, Ishaan. "Israel’s new justice minister considers all Palestinians to be ‘the enemy’".  Washington Post (May 7, 2014) ;
O'Grady, Siobhan.  "The New Face of Israel’s Hard Right"Foreign Policy. (May 7, 2014)
"Israeli Politician Declares 'War' on 'the Palestinian People'"Haaretz.
Keinon, Herb . "Netanyahu finally calls out Erdogan for anti-Semitic statements". The Jerusalem Post (July 20, 2014)
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