Yesterday, Israeli prosecutors filed an indictment against two Jewish teenagers for throwing stones at Palestinian homes and cars, and assaulting an IDF officer, in a West Bank village. Ben-Dror Yemini observes that the majority of residents of Judea and Samaria don’t approve of such behavior, nor does the Israeli right in all its forms. Indeed, he argues that their ideology should be seen as a form of anti-Zionism, opposed to the Jewish state and its institutions:
The hooligans responsible for these attacks don’t care for the law, the state, the military, or its soldiers who work tirelessly to protect them. It is not patriotism or love for their country that drives these radicals, but the burning fire of racism and hate. If there were only a few of them, the military would have caught them and put an end to this nonsense a long time ago.
But in reality, there are hundreds, maybe even thousands. They live in their own outposts, have their own rabbis, and even representatives in the Knesset who may formally object to their actions, but give them backing when they can. True, there have been cases when these videos [of these incidents] have been faked, staged, or edited for maximum provocation—but there is no denying the spike in violence.
Israel’s enemies are not only those who spread false information about the country’s alleged crimes, but those who live among us and choose to act as monsters.