My Friend, the Assassin

I have a friend who is an assassin.

Her job is to go in and kill those that the government of Israel says should be killed. It is a terrible job, and she hates it. But, she hates worse the idea that more people will die if she doesn’t kill.

She has the dubious advantage of looking like an Arab, of speaking Arabic with a Palestinian accent, of knowing the customs and body language expected of an Arab. She is unimposing. She is good at her job.

And, she is one of the nicest, most sensitive people that I know.

She once had to go into the West Bank and kill a twelve year old child.

Can you imagine having to do that? Kill a little child? When you love children, yourself?

However, this little boy had been hired by Hamas to murder Palestinians who supported Israel, and he was also very good at his job. And, as long as this little boy killed for them, Hamas allowed his parents and siblings to live in a nice house – with all that a family like that needed.

A little boy who kills people, and my friend who loves children had to go and kill him.

Somewhere in the West Bank, there is a little grave with a little boy’s body in it, because my friend is very good at what she does. And, she suffers for that little boy, and she suffers for all the other people that she’s had to kill.

This is what Golda Meir meant when she spoke to Anwar Sadat, the leader of Egypt, just before the peace talks:

We can forgive you for killing our sons. But we will never forgive you for making us kill yours.
   – Golda Meir

Countless innocent Palestinians and Israelis owe their lives to my friend, but she doesn’t know them. They don’t come to her and tell her how much they appreciate her efforts to save them. But, she does know the people that she’s had to kill, and that hurts.

I haven’t talked to my friend in a long time. I hope that she is still alive.

Too many Palestinians and Israelis depend on her ability to do what she does.

3 thoughts on “My Friend, the Assassin”

  1. What a chilling story. To think that someone who seems so ordinary could do such unthinkable acts. Knowing what this person is trained to do….and does it so well…..could you ever really “trust” her? It is completely outside my level of comprehension. That said, I do understand the necessity, and thank God someone is willing and has the skills to do the job for the sake of her country and the
    rest of the world. Whew! The world we live in. Pretty ugly stuff going on everywhere. Guess this is part of the “thorns and thistles”
    God created for us as part of the curse in Genesis 3:18.

    I will pray for your friend’s comfort and safety….and restful sleep.

  2. Ezekial 33:6

    ” But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman’s hand.”

    I’ve been thinking about your friend the assasin. How incredible. I can’t even begin to imagine how to prepare the female mind for killing a child. Especially if that child is doing what he is doing under coercion. How evil to use a child this way. They probably couldn’t even find the one’s responsible for the threat. It’s a shame they can’t get the bully rather than the one being bullied.

    Surely she detaches somehow. Surely she chose this vocation and knew what inevitably could be expected of her. I assume she is in the military or special forces of some type there in Israel. I support her in what she does because of the lives she is saving. In war we do what we have to do to survive. Hopefully good is winning the battle or at least holding it’s own in Israel and she is an entracle part of that equation no matter how hard the job is or how awful.

    I suppose from a psychiatric stand point she has to face down the demons and forgive herself. Not that she really needs forgiving but if it’s really bothering her than she must forgive herself.

    She’s doing the job that must be done no matter how difficult it is.

    She has to release all of the emotion and probably talk it all out with a good buddy. That buddy would have to be someone who has been there and done that to understand where she’s at in her head OR someone whose just a good listening ear and shoulder to cry on. I wonder if she cries? If she could quit I bet she would. she probably would like to get married and have kids of her own. That would be a good cure. Someone to love her unconditionally. big strappin arms around her and little ones too. Ok, now i’m getting all girly so i’ll stop.

    Sounds like what we need to do is pray for her safety both mentally and physically. Does she happen to know the Lord?

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