Ya'alon denies accusations of 'separation of Jews, Arabs on buses in territories'

May 20, 2015 18:42

There is no separation of Palestinians and Israelis on the public transportation system in the West Bank, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Wednesday after he rescinded a controversial travel ban.

“There is no separation between Jews and Arabs on the public transportation system in Judea and Samaria,” the defense minister said. “We did not hold a discussion on that. We didn’t make such a decision and we don’t plan on making such a decision.”

He explained that he had ordered a pilot program to address security issues that related to the fact that there was no oversight system to ensure that Palestinians who work within the pre-1967 lines in Israel return home at the end of the day.

The pilot program, he said, was limited to four crossings in Judea and Samaria.

“Every well-run and responsible country, particularly those with sensitive security issues, check people as they enter and exit,” Ya’alon said.

“That is all we were talking about. We weren’t talking about anything else,” he said.

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