The violent wing of the settler movement must be stopped. There is no excuse for what they're doing, and I'm not going to offer any ifs or buts. Their behavior is a scandal, and the fact that our organs of state have allowed them to go from unacceptable to even more unacceptable is an even larger scandal. A few hundreds of them have been rampaging for months uninterrupted, and they've been on the scene for years already. We all know exactly where they are, the police must know most of them by name and if it doesn't someone high up should be fired. The events in Hebron and elsewhere in the past few days demonstrate that the longer the rabid edges of the settlers are unchecked, the worse they'll get and the greater the pain of stopping them will be. But stopped they must be.
In the long run, I insist on being optimistic on this issue. Perhaps it's just because of my sunny disposition, but I'd say it's a reading of facts. The entire settler movement long since lost the support of a solid majority of Israel's voters, but the antics of the present fanatics are merely creating revulsion. To get a feeling of that you need to read Yediot Acharonot, the largest-selling paper, which isn't in Englsih and mostly isn't on-line.