America Jew tells world that IDF doesn’t torture Palestinians (he’s really, really, really sure)

Here’s a curious line in a New York Times piece about this week’s arrival from America of young Jews who’ll be joining the IDF to, well, defend Israel from the evils of (insert Muslim threat here). But doesn’t this seemingly unprovoked quote seem to suggest that this man is trying to challenge the correct notion that the Israeli army routinely tortures Palestinians?

“I hope to spend my time in Israel protecting those I love, not torturing those who hate me,” Mr. Rechenbach, also 22, said in an e-mail interview ahead of the flight. “If my dog and I successfully locate materials meant to harm Israeli soldiers or civilians, I would be incredibly proud.”