Minister Benny Gantz
Minister Benny GantzDana Kaplan

Minister Benny Gantz, a member of the War Cabinet, declared this evening that he did not intend to relate to the concept of 'settler violence', a term used by many to refer to incidents in which Israelis attack Palestinians or vandalize Palestinian property.

"I want to correct the concept of settler violence. The absolute majority of the residents of Judea and Samaria, 99.9 percent, are normal citizens who want to live in their towns and want to travel safely on roads. Today we had another case of terrorism in Judea and Samaria," Gantz stressed.

"I am against, condemn, and think that it is necessary to act with all our might against individual extremists, who tarnish the name of the State of Israel as a Jewish and law-abiding state. Action must be taken against them," he added. "These individuals should not be confused with the entire population."

Earlier today, a Samaria man was shot and killed by terrorists on the road between the town of Einav and Shavei Shomron in Samaria. Following the attack, Israeli protesters blockaded roads out of Palestinian towns at several locations in Samaria.

Violent clashes broke out between the protesters and Border Police officers attempting to clear the roads. Social media footage circulated by both Israeli and Palestinian accounts shows the protesters torching Palestinian cars and olive orchards.