Israeli Justice Minister says US doesn't seem to have a plan for region

The HaBayit Hayehudi minister said she hoped the decision by the White House to publish a map of Israel excluding the post-1967 territories came from "ignorance" rather than a formal policy.
Bennett (left), Shaked, Netanyahu Photo credit: Reuters/Noam Mosvokich/Channel 2 News

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Friday issued a veiled criticism of the US administration, saying she doesn't think it currently has a cohesive plan for the region.

Shaked also expressed hope that the decision by the White House to publish a map of Israel excluding the post-1967 territories had come from "ignorance" rather than a formal policy.

"I wouldn't want Trump's visit to be one of bombastic declarations," Shaked said. "I'd like it to be a positive, courtesy visit that deepens the relations between our countries and aims to unite the three major religions."

Shaked's statements come a day after Channel 2 News reported that senior US officials had slammed her party's leader, Naftali Bennett, for his vocal opposition to peace initiatives being promoted by US President Donald Trump. The officials reportedly accused Bennett of "burying" the chances of relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem.

"Nobody will shut us up," Shaked said. "We were elected in order to express very clear stances. For example, to make sure a Palestinian state isn't established and to promote the relocation of the embassy."

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