If the settlers truly used their weapons for defense only, they might have a point. But the use of the weapons to frighten, wound or kill defenseless shepherds, or to allow them to destroy orchards has shown that their argument of self defense is terribly cynical. If they do not believe that the IDF can defend them, they should return to Israel proper.
Donald Trump: Israeli settlement construction in West Bank should 'keep going' (Haaretz)
from the article: West Bank settlers outraged by Israel Police curb on handguns