|Eliav Gelman, killed by friendly fire yesterday|
The extra pain of these losses is suffered by the shooter who has to live with the guilt of killing/injuring the wrong person, even when as in the case of yesterday's tragedy, the terrorist was executed.
The 30-year-old Karmei Tzur resident and father of two was killed Wednesday afternoon in a terror attack at the Gush Etzion Junction, a popular hitchhiking spot south of Jerusalem.The attacker, a mathematics teacher from the Arab village of Dura who approached Gelman and a group of soldiers while brandishing a knife, was shot and wounded by security forces on the scene. One stray bullet, however, struck Gelman, fatally wounding him.
One of my sons once told me that the most difficult part of milu'im, reserve duty is that he's not familiar with the walk/posture/body language of the men (women, too?) he serves with. He has the talent to recognize people's walks etc even from distances, but when each period of milu'im is with soldiers he doesn't know, it's very hard to know if the approaching person is friend or foe. Military History from all over the world is full of tragic stories of soldiers and officers who had been killed because the guards thought they were approaching enemies.
המקום ינחם HaMakom yinachem, May Gd comfort the mourners, the family and friends of Eliav Gelman, and may Gd also comfort the person who unintentionally killed him.