Violent Jewish youths in Hebron are motivated by "hatred for the State and hatred for police," a senior security official told Ynet Wednesday night, addressing the tense atmosphere and ongoing violence in the West Bank city.
"There are people in the security establishment who are trying to control the flames, yet the problem is that the leadership in Judea and Samaria was influential as long as we were dealing with people who live in the area," the source said.
"This time we are dealing with youngsters who arrived from all across the nation. We are not necessarily seeing youths motivated by Greater Israel ideology. Some of them are dubious characters, including criminals, and nobody can control them. They are like gangs, lacking any sense of responsibility or judgment."
"The atmosphere in Hebron is tense…we are trying to talk with whoever we can in the leadership there, yet those we are used to talking to are not always able to control what's going on, and are irrelevant," he said. "Daniela Weiss is one of the dominant elements behind the destruction taking place there."
'We'll continue to fight'The security source said that law enforcement officials are currently gathering evidence against Weiss, the former Kedumim mayor, who is expected to be arrested. He added that settlers in Hebron are convinced that a disputed house in the city was purchased legally and that the High Court of Justice is harassing them.
Meanwhile, Weiss told Ynet that she does not intend to seriously address comments made by an anonymous figure.
"We will continue to fight as long as the danger of expulsion hovers above," she said. "There will be a struggle here."