Saturday, February 04, 2006

The Challenge of the State of Judea

With all the attention now on the consequences of the Hamas victory in the PLC election, it's easy to overlook what is happening inside Israeli society as seen in the violent confrontation between fundamentalist settlers and Israeli security forces a few days ago.

These are the militants that now hate the state of Israel with nearly the same fervour as they hate the Palestinians. They are even talking of being part of a new "state of Judea".

In my view, they are even more unrepresentative of Israeli society than the worst militants are of Palestinian society. But both of them are nevertheless part of the new reality of the conflict.

The linked commentary is well worth reading.

Israel Policy Forum