At the Globes Israel Business Conference, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said she would like to see the Israeli court system shifting toward a more conservative approach.

Ayelet Shaked

Ayelet Shaked Photo credit: Ohad Zwigenberg, Flash 90

Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked admitted on Thursday that her goal is to shift the Israeli court system “slightly more toward the conservative side.”

Speaking at the Globes Israel Business Conference, Shaked addressed accusations that she has turned the Israeli Judicial Committee into a political body. “There are always deals and intrigue in any nomination process, this is how the system works,” Shaked said.

“It is wrong to say that certain members of the committee tend to operate by professional standards and others by political ones,” Shaked stressed. “There is politics involved but it’s also very professional.”

When asked whether she thinks judges she appoints feel obligated to rule according to her set of beliefs, Shaked said, “I was elected to represent a policy, an agenda. I don’t hide my ideology. … I believe the court system … needs to be shifted slightly more toward the conservative side.”

Responding to reports of a lawsuit involving a nominee she has been promoting, Shaked said, “In my searches I met with academics and I found him to be the most suitable.”