Former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Labor-Hatnua) condemned the incitement against incoming Justice Minister MK Ayelet Shaked on Monday, after threats escalated so much that Shaked was given a special security detail.
"I heard on the radio this morning that in addition to the ugly chauvinistic statements against Ayelet Shaked, they dressed her in SS uniforms," she stated.
"I profoundly disagree with the views of Ayelet Shaked, members of Jewish Home and the new government in general – but I strongly condemn the chauvinistic attitude of these images, especially those with the SS uniform."
"It is time to conduct a genuine debate on attitudes […] and leave the madness of the SS to history books and Holocaust Remembrance Day," she added.
Former Shinui MK Yosef Paritzky, specifically, caused an uproar after making a series of sexist comments against Shaked. In a post on his Facebook page Paritzky wrote: "this is the first time in Israel the justice minister can star on the calendars that hang in garages," and later compared Shaked to a "woman of the Third Reich," i.e. dangerous but beautiful.
The statements stirred a rare defense of Shaked from the far-left Meretz party, with MK Michal Rozin rushing to defend Shaked against "chauvinistic comments" and a very public statement of support for her from political opponent Meretz Chairman Zehava Galon.