Earlier this year, an Israeli newspaper welcomed the appointment of the country's newest justice minister by stating, "who cares if she's beautiful, she's dangerous".
As the country's youngest person to ever hold the position, Ayelet Shaked, has stirred controversy with her remarks on Palestinians and "African infiltrators" . She has been a vocal opponent of Palestinian statehood and her country's own Supreme Court.
In an interview, recorded during Shaked's visit to the UN General Assembly in September, Mehdi Hasan challenged the hardline minister on the rise of xenophobia and racism in Israel, treatment of the Palestinians, and the future of the "peace process".
Shaked told Hasan she does not believe in a two-state solution. "My personal view is different from the prime minister". Shaked said. "I don't think it's a valid solution right now... I think that the status quo is the best option for everyone."
The Israeli justice minister also tells Hasan that when it comes to Israeli law, "everyone should be treated equally".
When challenged by Hasan on the number of Israeli settlers prosecuted for violence against Palestinians, Shaked says, "Every murderer, it doesn't matter if he is Jewish or Muslim, should sit in jail for the rest of his life."
Shaked was at the centre of controversy for an article she posted to her Facebook page during last summer's Gaza conflict that referred to Palestinian children as "little snakes". When asked by Hasan about the post, Shaked responds, "it was something that was…out of context and it was removed."
"Now, what you need to ask the people is why those kids, the Israeli kids, are being murdered and no one cares," Shaked adds.
Editor's note: The interview was conducted prior to recent unrest in Israel and Palestine.
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Source: Al Jazeera