Justice Minister Tzipi Livni on Tuesday expressed alarm at the level of violence permeating Israeli society a day after the soccer match between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Tel Aviv was stopped midway when a fan burst on to the pitch and attacked a player.
"Yesterday it happened on the pitch. We saw the ugly violence that is blowing up in our faces in reality," Livni wrote on her Facebook page.
"The violence is penetrating our squares, our sports, and in the end, our social media networks and our children's lives," she stated.
Livni said that education, law enforcement and punishment were the necessary tools needed to confront the phenomenon.
"We will add other tools if need be and become more strict - because racism, violence and hate truly threaten us from within as a society and a state, no less so than the terror that threatens us from outside," she warned.