Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Old friends...


Ido and Imri, on the rooftop of their apartment in downtown Tel Aviv. Ido is Imri's housemate, he is currently studying to get into medical school. As you can imagine, this is probably one of the toughest tasks one could possibly manage in Israel. As Ido pointed out to me, if your mother is REALLY Jewish, you can do a program here where you get a combined medical and law degree. Oy vey!

Both Imri and Ido have completed their military duties and now hover in the purgatory of a post-military, pre-university existence. Both served in special operations units within the military, Imri specialized long-range demolitions. He is pretty cryptic about the nature of his duties, but suffice to say he was a combat soldier. Some of his actions and the words that come out of his mouth are thoroughly violent. But he is of sound mind, and I am trying to understand his perspective. It is truly astonishing to experience a friend you have had for so many years, but who has taken such a different path from you. In many ways he is still the same boy I once knew, but he carries with him a new darkness, at once familiar and yet so much deeper this time.

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