Middle East Fighting Fire with Fire

Tired of stones, Israeli settlers launch their own revolt on the West Bank

The Jewish settlers of the West Bank are not easily moved. Despite 18 months of rebellion by Palestinians who also lay claim to the land, most of the settlers are more determined than ever to stay put. But they are less sure about the government's commitment. Angered by the failure of the Israeli army to put down the uprising and its inability to provide them with sufficient protection from the daily onslaught of stones, some of the settlers have launched an intifadeh of their own. Hard-core extremists, numbering several thousand, have organized a vicious campaign of retaliation against Palestinian villages that...

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