It takes quite extreme circumstances for an Israeli Defense Minister from the Likud Party and leaders of the Jewish settlements to condemn a group of Jewish settlers. It's even rarer for the minister to call their activities ‘terrorism.' Yet, this happened last week when a number of young masked settlers –members of the illusive Price Tag group– trespassed on the land of the Palestinian village of Qusra, near Nablus, attacking its farmers with sticks and stones.
The price of the 'Hilltop youths'
The leniency shown by the Israeli authorities towards this bunch of Jewish brutes further tarnishes Israel’s reputation as a country which upholds law and order, and debases her moral fabric.Yossi Mekelberg
I was reporting from Gaza during the disengagement, and can still recall the warning of a leading settler. He told me that the moderates had failed to avert the removal of Jewish settlers, but next time the more extreme among the settlers would take control, resulting in more violence and even the use firearms.