" can`t figure out why the settlers would be deliberately attacking Arabs, or why the Israeli government would be supporting it." - Gabriel For decades the Likud had the idea that by moving settlers in, and making life unbearable for the Palestinians, that they Palestinians would eventually move away allowing the West Bank and Gaza to be annexed into a "Greater Israel." Even that plans greatest proponent, Ariel Sharon, gave up on it. But some of the fanatics who were heavily subsidized by the government to do some of the work of making life unbearable for the Palestinians that the government couldn't be directly connected with still believe they can pull it off. "Don`t these events generally lead to a loss of Israeli prestige?" - Gabriel Yup. "That`s why settlers were non-violent before the intifadas." - Gabriel Not all of them were. And not all are thugs today.
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from the article: Here come the true settlers