How Ayelet Shaked Became the Most Powerful Woman in Israeli Politics

Touted as a potential successor to Netanyahu, the secular conservative is now the leader of the right-wing alliance of religious parties in the September election

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Ayelet Shaked’s coronation Sunday as leader of a new alliance of religious, right-wing parties overturns all assumptions regarding female leadership in Israeli political life.

From Golda Meir to Shulamit Aloni in the last century, to Zehava Galon and Tzipi Livni more recently, every breakthrough by women heading political parties has been made on the secular left side (center-left in Livni’s case) of the political map.

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