West Bank settlers
Youths trying to extinguish a fire near the Jewish West bank settlement of Har Bracha on Monday July 26, 2010. Photo by Moti Milrod
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Tal Cohen
Brig. Gen. Nitzan Alon Photo by Tal Cohen

Brigadier-General Nitzan Alon, who has come under heavy criticism from right-wing and settler activists, said recently that he is not intimidated by the personal attacks leveled against him after several far-rightists attempted to accost him near his home.

Alon, who is in charge of IDF forces in the West Bank, has been accused by settlers of having a “leftist” world view. He has also come under fire for withholding information surrounding outpost evacuations from soldiers who publicly oppose such actions.

“I will continue to fulfill my duty and implement government orders in the territories”, Alon stated, reiterating that his belief in Israel's "just cause has not changed."

Defense Minister Ehud Barak condemned the attacks on Alon, stressing that he is “defending Israeli lives in Judea and Samaria”, and that the state “owes him a great deal”.

Settler leaders have refrained from condemning the verbal attacks, although several have reportedly called the IDF Division Commander in order to distance themselves from the actions of the activists.