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Israel PM reverses ban on Palestinians using settler buses

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement from the presidential compound in Jerusalem, on May 19, 2015Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday overturned a ban on Palestinians riding the same buses as Jewish settlers, a measure condemned by rights campaigners as “ethnic separation”. The about-face came as EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini began her first visit to the region since a new rightwing Israeli government was sworn in last week. The three-month pilot project barring Palestinian workers from returning home from Israel to the West Bank on Israeli buses began on Wednesday morning after approval from hardline Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon.

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