to their constituents in Israel and they can't easily reform their speech for the sake of peace, for the moment, at least. Such talk as DM Barak stated is just incitement or provocation to make all players feel unease before negotiations begin with the Palestinians. Thank goodness Netanyahu's Likud led coalition has a Minister who's an even keel politician.
Palestinian man suffers light wounds from rocks thrown by Jewish men in Jerusalem (Haaretz)
from the article: Interior Minister: Israel will never freeze construction in Jerusalem