A year ago, Ayelet Shaked was an obscure Israeli politician. Known to Israelis, if at all, for being a secular Jew and a working mother whose membership in the Jewish Home Party — a deeply religious ring-wing outfit boasting firebrand pro-settler beliefs — seemed an odd fit.
But then one day last June Shaked signed into her Facebook account and began to write in Hebrew, posting a 631-word excerpt from a previously unpublished article by Uri Elitzur, a former chief of staff to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“Behind every terrorist stands dozens of men and women,” the post read.
“Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons — nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes.
“Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.”
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