Police Chief Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino said on Tuesday that "youth violence is the number one threat" and that it was "equal to external threats," such as terror threats on Israel's borders.
The remarks came at a panel on Personal Security and Law Enforcement at the Herzliya Conference.
Danino lamented the state of today's youth, noting that much of the spike in violence in Israeli society is emanating from teenagers and young adults.
Although Danino did not make any specific references to recent racism and violence by fans of the Betar Jerusalem soccer team, many of those recently arrested for racist-related crimes and violence were teenagers or young adults.
He said that "anyone looking at the future, must worry about our youth, the reduced motivation for being drafted into the army and the reduced level of youth volunteers."