The head of the Beit El regional ouncil, Shai Alon, condemned the violent attack on left-wing activists in Samaria yesterday.

"It's a crime for crime's sake. We oppose violence. It's a group of lawbreakers. I do not know where they came from." In an interview with Liat Regev on the Maavarim program, he added that "the activists who came there are also a group that came to stir up trouble." However, he stressed that this does not justify the violent attack.