WASHINGTON — Three Jewish organizations responded to an appeal by a Labor party affiliate to press Israel’s government to distance itself from a plan to keep Palestinians off some Israeli buses.
“Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has decided to forbid Palestinian workers, who work in Israel, to ride buses which also serve Jewish civil population in the West Bank,” said the letter sent Wednesday by Young Israeli Labor to a number of US pro-Israel groups.
“This unfortunate decision is a disastrous one in any respect,” said the letter. “Apart from being a severely miserable decision in every moral aspect, it also adds a very powerful weapon to the arsenal of those seeking to undermine Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.”
Ya’alon has said he favors such a plan to prevent terrorist attacks, although Israeli military officials say the risk of attacks by vetted workers is low.