Adding fuel to the fire when the Middle East is burning endangers the whole country President Shimon Peres warned at the conclusion of a meeting with settler leaders from Judea and Samaria on Thursday.
Peres was referring to the torching of mosques, the stoning of Palestinian cars, vandalizing of Palestinian property and physical attacks against innocent Palestinians by extremists who ignore the rule of law and the norms of a democratic society. The conversation between Peres and the delegation dwelt on the crossing of red lines with civilians infiltrating an army base and engaging in violence, including stone throwing against soldiers.
"For God's sake, an officer was almost killed!" exclaimed Peres.
Members of the delegation were concerned that all the settlers of Judea and Samaria were being tarred by the brush of a renegade element.