Is Israeli Ambivalence About ‘Price Tag’ Attacks Leading to Escalation?

With the sudden interest among top Israeli officials at the escalating violence coming out of settler blocs, critics say that the country’s long-standing policy of letting “price tag” attacks against Muslims and Christians slide is a big part of why the groups have grown so aggressive, as well. Attacks on Israeli military targets have piqued their interest, but after years of looking the other way, and with those same settler blocs a big recruitment pool for occupation forces in the West Bank, as well as the coalition’s political base, will the Netanyahu government find the issue too controversial to tackle?

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