5 indicted in Israeli military base rampage

January 8, 2012 - 6:06 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Justice Ministry has indicted five alleged Jewish extremists in connection with a rampage at an Israeli army base in the West Bank last month.

On Dec. 13, dozens of settlers and their supporters entered the base, vandalized property and attacked military personnel.

According to Sunday's indictment, the five helped plan the rampage in hopes of foiling the evacuation of illegal settlement outposts in the West Bank. They are to remain in custody until the end of proceedings.

The attack shocked Israeli leaders, who called for a crackdown on Jewish radicals. Extremists are also suspected of vandalizing another military base and attacking Palestinian mosques, cars and farmlands over the past two years.

The violence is believed to be retaliation for government concessions to Palestinians.