IDF officer tells anti-settler protestors that they are traitors

The continually invaluable Israeli website Promised Land (along with Joseph Dana) link to a report on Israeli television that perfectly captures the upcoming (probably violent) struggle between the fundamentalist settler movement, secular Israelis and the IDF:

A report from Friday Channel 10 news shows how a peaceful Palestinian demonstration – it’s the reporters who call it peaceful, not me – is met with tear gas, rubber bullets and the occasional beating of demonstrators from the hand of IDF soldiers.

Later on, a group of masked settlers arrive and start throwing rocks on the Palestinian demonstrators. The army does nothing. When some Jewish left-wing protesters ask the officer present why doesn’t he stop the settler, the officer responds: “I am here to protect them, not you or the Palestinians”¦ unlike you, I am not a traitor to my country.”