Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to bring the people responsible for the firebombing to justice and relayed that message to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
"We will not tolerate racism, and we will not tolerate the combination of racism and violence," he said in a statement Tuesday. "This is something we just cannot accept, not as Jews, not as Israelis." Vice Premier Moshe Yaalon described the two weekend attacks as "terrorist acts" that "run contrary to Jewish ethics and values."
[racism? why do our politicians adopt the language of the radical left? and "terror"? it runs counter to all religious morality can values. without any identity, why hint that Jews are responsible?]
Social critics note that the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has bred hatred, dehumanization and violence on both sides.
[not in equal amounts or 'quality']
Palestinian attacks on Israeli vehicles in the West Bank are frequent, and many Palestinians consider them legitimate forms of resistance against Israeli occupation. The Israeli military counted 196 Palestinian firebomb attacks and six shooting incidents in the first half of 2012, but it did not provide information on casualties.
Gerald Steinberg, a political science professor at Bar-Ilan University, said the incidence of violence among Israelis is not exceptional in the world context. "There are pockets within Israeli society, particularly among young teenagers, where there is a history of violence, intolerance, across the board. It extends to Jewish groups in Israel as much as it does to Palestinians," he said. "The evidence clearly shows that Israel is not any less intolerant than the United States or Europe, and there is a lot of stress in this society."
Sorry but I find a weakness here amongst the representatives of israel.