Departing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced to "halt to all direct or indirect government financing of illegal outposts."
I say - about time! I keep hearing stories in the Israeli press about settlers hurting injuring IDF soldiers. It might get worse, as Shin Bet security service chief Yuval Diskin warned that "a government decision to evacuate more territory may lead to a large-scale violent conflict with settlers, complete with live fire."
I started reading From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman, great book by a brilliant writer, which helped me realize how we in the US and Israel have so many myths about the Middle East. We must realize that the settlers are hurting as a country and as a people.