It is clear to me that the timing of this was political. There are literaly thousands of illegal houses in Israel with orders of destruction, most of them built by Arabs. Yet, the government decided less then 2 months before the election to specifically destroy these houses in Amona. Olmert/Kadima thinks that this show of force will get them more votes especially from the left.
There is a tremendous campaign of vilification of the settlers by the left and the government. These are people who are motivated exclusively by a deep passion and love for Eretz Yisrael and who are willing to put their life on the line for it. The government is now making them out to be enemies of the state. This is the start of a war between the Jews and the Israelis.
I am against violence and do not justify the throwing of rocks, etc. at the police. In any case, throwing rocks harms the cause much then it helps. However, the violence used by the police was completely out of proportion and was out of control. It is 1 thing for 15 year olds to lose it and start throwing rocks. It is much worse when the police lose it and indiscriminately just beat everyone with the intention of causing injury.
The following illustrates the bankruptcy of the left in today's society. They are more worried about the horses getting hurt then 15 year old Jewish teenagers. 'Don't use horses for evacuation'
Tnu Lahayot Lihyot - Israel's main animal rights groups - protested against the use of horses in Amona's evacuation on Wednesday.
According to the organization, the horses that were recruited for the evacuation found themselves in a battlefield, susceptible to rocks being hurled at security forces by "dozens of law-violating settlers."
The group called upon Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz to remove the animals from public discourse, and to refrain from using them for purposes that effectively place their lives in danger.
When a society puts the rights of animals ahead of human beings it is big trouble.