Responding to a parliamentary question filed by MK Oren Hazan (Likud) regarding the security arrangements of the pubic transport system
in Judea and Samaria, Deputy Defense Minister MK Eli Ben-Dahan (HaBayit HaYehudi) said Wednesday that he was ”surprised” by Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s (Likud) and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon`s (Likud) decision to shelve a program to separate Israeli and
Palestinian bus travel in Judea and Samaria.
”I didn`t know. I wasn`t updated. I only began serving as deputy minister this morning, it`s not appropriate to send me to give an answer
without me being aware of it,” Ben-Dahan said.
Addressing the issue itself, the deputy defense minister said ”there is no Apartheid here, stop tarnishing the State of Israel`s
[reputation]. Stop giving the State of Israel a bad name. To our great regret, we have experienced difficult years here; more than 1,500
people have been killed only because they were Jews and only because some people have a passion for killing Jews. I did not say that all
Palestinians are terrorists, but I am saying that all terrorists are Palestinian.”
MK Tamar Zandberg of Meretz said in response that ”racist segregation is Apartheid, and there is no way to hide that which is clear to
all. I say to the deputy defense minister – instead of hiding in the cloak of security, join the minister who is in charge of you and
stop discussing [the bus segregation plan] at the demand of racist elements.”
MK Ofer Shelah (Yesh Atid) asked: ”Is this the Defense Ministry`s new policy? To conduct an intensive debate, reach a stupid decision,
absorb all the international criticism and then annul it?”
MK Hazan: ”Some of these people are murderers and terrorists; stop comparing them to Israel`s Arabs.”