Jewess With a Gun: Israeli Sharpshooter Tells All
“How long did it take you to qualify as a sharpshooter in the IDF?”
“Not too long. I had natural way with rifle. I start out at 15 meters, then up to 30, 50, 100, 400 then all the way up to,” she hesitates, “classified meters.”
Israeli soldiers are famously and appropriately tight-lipped regarding training and operational details.
Yael–not her real name for reasons of, yup, security–is an unbelievably beautiful young Israeli woman. Her mocha skin— flawless, like dark glass—testifies to a Bukharin father and Yemenite mother, a genetic mix I strongly recommend. She looks like supermodel Joan Smalls, only more beautiful—and um, lethal.
Yael sits ram-rod straight. Her neck is swan-like, and her fingernails—lacquered red as a Chinese vase—are sharp as switchblades. Melting over her head is raven hair with a sprinkling of bronze highlights, a post-punk babe.
It’s Friday night, Shabbos in Israel, my wife Karen and I are visiting our childhood friend Deborah. We all attended the Yeshiva of Flatbush together. Deborah married an Israeli and has been living in Israel ever since. Yael is Deborah’s daughter-in-law.
“Are you also proficient with a pistol?” I ask
“I qualify with polymer Jericho.”
“I understand you’re also a black belt in Karate.”
I look at Yael’s husband, an unassuming and bookish young man.
“What happens when you guys have an argument?”
“She wins,” he deadpans.
“When you shoot do you have such long fingernails?”
She glances fondly at her dagger tips, shakes her head side to side.
“No, of course not. When I shoot, these are gone.”
She folds her hands in her lap. Yael’s fingers are long and tapered, perfect little animals for trigger-pulling. I notice that she has the ability to stay still as a pilaster. Her stillness is taut, like a coiled steel spring, stillness that reminds me of a cobra.
“The Mossad try to recruit me to foreign countries to train special units in counterterrorist tactics,” Yael says.
“Tsk, tsk, I cannot say.”
“We know how to operate in urban environment, three-dimensional warfare. We havemuch experience,” she adds.
Hmm, I heard rumors that the U.S. had quietly brought over Israeli soldiers, consultants to help train
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