IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai said a red line was crossed in the attack on an IDF base in the West Bank early Tuesday morning by Jewish settlers who he said were trying to drag the army into political affairs.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Mordechai said, has cleared his schedule "and I expect (the West Bank settler leadership) will hear from him."
"There is no doubt that we are seeing radical actors, who have a leadership behind them - certain rabbis, who want to drag the army into political matters," the IDF spokesman said.
But Mordechai declined to refer to the attack in the terms of the attackers: "Price tag." IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz "for a while now hasn't called this 'price tag.' We need to define this correctly."
The IDF Spokesman also insisted that it is the responsibility of the Police and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) to stop attacks on IDF soldiers, saying those two agencies "need to be making every effort to deal with this." The army's job, he said, "is to fight those threatening Israel.