Before you go all anti-Semitic on me let me tell you that this is an article from the Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper.
The government’s decision to declare the House of Contention in Hebron a closed military zone was an inevitable step, but if it does not lead to the necessary phase then it is liable to fail. Following the latest riots two days ago, Defense Minister Ehud Barak declared that the government would not reconcile with the rampaging by “extremist forces.” At about the same time, those in charge of the “forces” lashed out at the government, the courts, the army and the media, as if we were dealing with two legitimate, opposing sides.
The time has come to cease the vague characterizations and call a spade a spade. We are not dealing with “marginal groups,” “extremists who have gone out of control,” and other attempts at verbal acrobatics that are designed to paper over a harsh reality. For a long time now, settlers in Hebron and other areas of Judea and Samaria (and East Jerusalem) have engaged in unruly behavior whose only goal is to violently threaten the Palestinians while undermining Israel’s sovereignty. By any official standard recognized worldwide, this is terrorism that sows fear and disrupts the proper management of a state.