Chief Warrant Officer Pascal Avrahami had been called "the fox," by his colleagues. The most veteran member of his police special forces unit, he was the subject of a number of stories that circulated in his lifetime about his exploits, some of which will remain confidential even after his death Thursday.
Avrahami, 49, a resident of Jerusalem, was married and the father of three. Despite his relatively advanced age, he insisted on continuing to serve in a combat role and to take part in the most sensitive of operations. In the course of his service he participated in an operation in which a bus was commandeered by terrorists. He entered the bus through the rear window.
As the years began to take their toll, Avrahami was trained as a sniper. He served through the first and second intifadas. He received two special commendations, including one after he killed a senior Hamas figure in Hebron.
David Tzur, who was previously Avrahami's commander, and headed the special forces unit between 1991 and 1995, said of Avrahami: "He was an extraordinary man, who insisted on remaining a combatant even at his relatively advanced age. " Tzur said he participated in highly complex operations "because it was always known that he could be counted on."
"He became a symbol in the unit," Tzur said. "If I would have been asked how he would have chosen to die, I can assume he would have chosen to die in battle, under fire. People have to understand that this is a man who has no equal in this unit."
In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his parents, two brothers and four sisters.
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