Bodyguard for Israel's new justice minister

Death threats for woman who called Palestinians 'snakes'

Israel Assigns Bodyguard to New Justice Minister After Threats

Israel's parliament has assigned a bodyguard to protect the incoming justice minister after she received death threats.

Ayelet Shaked, 39, is an outspoken member of the far-right nationalist Jewish Home party, with which prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu has formed a coalition in order to govern.

Parliament speaker Yuli Edelstein said he was 'shocked to see explicit threats' to Shaked's life.

It was immediately decided that she be assigned security, he told Army Radio on Monday.

Shaked made headlines last July, during Israel's 50-day assault on Gaza, when this message appeared on her Facebook page: 'Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads.

'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.'

President Obama appears to have all but given up hope of securing peace between the Israelis and Palestinians and Netanyahu's new coalition partners won't make it any easier for him.