“Pathways to Governability” is the title of an article by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked in the new journal HaShiloah. It is an important, comprehensive 19-page piece in which the minister from HaBayit HaYehudi lays out her personal creed — a coherent and carefully thought-out conservative worldview that includes a vision of how to strengthen the Jewish component of Israel’s character. As would be expected, Shaked’s document — which she describes as a “Thatcherite manifesto” — has evoked considerable interest. It has also set off a political firestorm.
Leading the forces warning against “Shaked’s vision” is Zionist Camp Knesset member Tzipi Livni, herself a former justice minister. She used an interview with Army Radio on Oct. 2 to present counter-arguments and express her own coherent worldview, which attempts to defend the balance between the Jewish and democratic components of the State of Israel.