Courting right-wing voters on the campaign trail, former Israeli justice minister Ayelet Shaked yesterday claimed that only a strong showing for the Yamina party will prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state in the occupied West Bank.
As reported by right-wing news outlet Arutz Sheva, Shaked was speaking to Ben Caspit and Yinon Magal on Radio 103FM, addressing various aspects of the election campaign.
"If [Yamina] doesn't get a strong representation, there will be no sovereignty [i.e. annexation of West Bank territory] and a Palestinian state might be established," Shaked claimed.
"We are the only party that opposes a Palestinian state," she added.
Shaked told the radio station that the right could in fact secure a Knesset majority of 61 seats.
"Without us there [cannot be a] right-wing government. Before we got involved, Netanyahu was considering the 'two-state solution', freezing settlement construction, and releasing terrorists."
"We came in, changed the entire perspective, and started discussing sovereignty [annexation]".
In fact, neither Likud nor Blue and White support the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state. Both lists include supporters of the status quo, annexation, or, at best, the creation of an autonomous entity in a truncated portion of the West Bank.
With the Likud seeking as many votes as possible, however, the right-wing Yamina list needs to assert its nationalist credentials.