- terrorism: "The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims"
- terrorist: "A person who uses terrorism in the pursuit of political aims"
While these are slightly problematic definitions ( they could apply to several Western, democratic governments and their war-time policies ) they do cover the activities of most extremists in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, including most of the militants among the settlers and their sympathizers.
Since Israel always has said - rightly so, in my opinion, though it did not always apply that rule, see for example its deals with Hizbollah - that it will not negotiate with terrorists, this morning I was surprised to read this report ( here is the same news item on the website of Ha'Aretz ). Of course I am not making any comparisons, but yet again it becomes clear that extremist violence pays off.