Deputy Defense Minister MK Eli Ben-Dahan said Wednesday that he was caught off guard by the Defense Minister's decision to freeze a plan to have Jews and Arabs ride separate buses in Judea and Samaria.
Ben Dahan was in the middle of defending the decision to separate the buses in reply to a parliamentary query on the matter – filed by MK Oren Hazan (Likud) – when he learned that the decision had been reversed. MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) informed Ben Dahan, as he was speaking from behind the podium at the Knesset plenum, that his boss had changed his mind.
"I am surprised by the decision to freeze the separation on buses,” he told the Knesset. “I was not updated,” he said, adding that he opposes the reversal.
"I admit that I am surprised by the freeze, and frankly state that I did not know about it and was not updated. I think it is improper to send me to deliver a reply without letting me know about it.”
Ben Dahan said that he thinks the decision to separate the buses was justified. “There is no apartheid here, stop besmirching the state of Israel,” he appealed. “Stop giving Israel a bad name. Regrettably we endured difficult years here, more than 1,500 people were killed, just because they are Jews – only because there are people with a craving for murdering Jews.”
"I did not say that all Palestinians are terrorists, but I am saying that all terrorists are Palestinians,” he added.