Israel loosens gun laws in wake of horrific attack by Hamas, so ‘as many citizens as possible’ can be armed

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Israeli citizens will have an easier time carrying firearms after the terror attack by Hamas and Iran, which has turned into a war between Hamas and Israel this weekend.

Israeli Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir on Sunday ordered the agency that issues gun permits to loosen its requirements.

“Today I directed the Firearms Licensing Division to go on an emergency operation in order to allow as many citizens as possible to arm themselves,” he posted on X/Twitter. “The plan will take effect within 24 hours.”

According to an interpretation of Israeli law by the U.S. Department of Justice, the gun laws of the nation been fairly restrictive: “There is no clear right to carry a gun in Israel. Nothing similar to the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution exists. In theory, the policy is very strict. No one may own or carry a gun without showing a reason to do so. A special permit by the Interior Ministry is then required. The permit must have the approval of the police and includes information about the owner and the gun type.”

In Israel guns are strictly regulated yet widely available to law-abiding citizens who hold gun permits; gun control and tough punishment have made it difficult for criminals to acquire guns, the Justice Department says.

“Any citizen who meets the detailed tests for carrying a private firearm due to self-defense and serving the security forces and is without a criminal or medical record will be required to undergo a telephone interview instead of a physical interview and will be able to receive permission to carry a firearm within a week,” Ben-Gvir said. “(Self-defense tests: residence in an eligible settlement, rifle veterans 07 and above, officers in the rank of lieutenant and above and combatants in the rank of major and above in the IDF and the security forces, service in special units, firefighters, policemen, and workers and volunteers in the rescue forces).”

“I thank the members of the Firearms Licensing Division, the Civil Response Department of the Israel Police, and the employees of the Ministry of Health for the very important commitment that will allow as many citizens as possible to arm themselves and protect themselves and their environment when necessary,” Ben-Gvir said.

Following a terrorist attack in January, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he would loosen restrictions on private gun ownership in Israel and expand the licensing of weapons for thousands of civilians. It appears to have been a policy that never materialized, however.

Meanwhile, in America, the National Firearms association said, “The last three days Kamala Harris has tweeted about banning so-called ‘assault weapons,’ meanwhile in major cities across the US, Hamas terrorist supporters are rallying. It’s just a matter of time, folks. We will NEVER give up our guns!”

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  1. It’s idiotic a nation under constant threat from all sides restricts gun ownership.

    Especially since damn near all of them are required to serve a hitch in the military.

  2. Probably shouldn’t had been tightened up. When private citizens have guns a take-over makes it challenging for the aggressors because of their uncertainty not knowing which households are armed.

  3. I pray it is not too late for Israel to get guns to their citizens. Biden would take all of our guns away uf he thought he could and, I am sure, will try. He is the worst president in U.S. history!

    • “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. “Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”

    • WTD you are clearly not familiar with Switzerland. The Swiss have compulsory military service and every person gets to take their weapon, ammo and gear home after they complete their obligation. No one messes with Switzerland.
      Of further note, one reason the Japanese never invaded the mainland of the US (just Attu and Kiska) was their concern that Americans were known to be armed and could therefore present an unpredictable level of resistance.

  4. You’re praying for people to get guns?? Hillary Clinton was right.

    “The man who prays is the one who thinks that god has arranged matters all wrong, but who also thinks that he can instruct god how to put them right.”

    ― Christopher Hitchens, Mortality

    • I tried to tease out any sense from your posts here, Whidbey, but I failed.
      It would appear that there was none to be teased from them.
      But then again, such is only to be expected from a radical leftist troll such as yourself, whose every random and conflicted thought is guided by emotion and not reason.

      • Do you think he’s suffered some kind of psychotic break?

        He used to be semi coherent, but has lapsed into the Frank school of pointless trolling.

        • And has been for awhile…
          He suffers from schadenfreude, and it is quite advanced in its manifestation. He likely gets an erection reading our responses… Best course of action on our part is to ignore him and not respond… but that is difficult for all of us. We’re extremely tired of trolls and libtards in general. If we can restrain ourselves sufficiently, he will go away in a year or so when all he has left of us is fading memory of our anger – he will post elsewhere where reactions to his nonsense bring him to orgasm.

      • Also: have you noticed the more unhinged the usual suspects are lately?

        I can’t decide if they think Grandpa blood stains will win and they’re stuck with him, or Grandpa blood stains will lose and some one, anyone with a grain of common sense will take office.

        • I think you may have hit on something significant here, TMA.

          Yes, I have noticed that ‘the usual suspects’ here have lately been both less prolific in their spewings, and less intelligible in them as well. I guess one eventually has to pay a price for cultivating and indulging in massive cognitive dissonance and outright psychosis.

    • Of course whidbey would quote such a person. For those like me who did not know:
      Christopher Eric Hitchens (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011) was a British author and journalist who is widely regarded as one of the most influential atheists of the 20th and 21st centuries.[28][29] Author of 18 books on faith, culture, politics, and literature, he was born and educated in Britain, graduating in the 1970s from Oxford. In the early 1980s, he emigrated to the United States and wrote for The Nation and Vanity Fair. Known as one of the four horsemen of New Atheism, he gained prominence as a columnist and speaker. His epistemological razor, which states that “what can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence”, is still of mark in philosophy and law.[30][31]
      Hitchens’s political views evolved greatly throughout his life.[32] Originally describing himself as a democratic socialist,[33] he was a member of various socialist organisations in his early life, including the Trotskyist International Socialists.[34] He was critical of aspects of American foreign policy, including its involvement in Vietnam, Chile and East Timor. However, he also supported the United States in the Kosovo War. Hitchens has emphasized the centrality of the American Revolution and Constitution to his political philosophy.[35] Hitchens held complex views on abortion; being ethically opposed to it in most instances, and believing that a foetus was entitled to personhood, while holding ambiguous, changing views on its legality.[36] He allegedly supported gun rights and supported same-sex marriage, while opposing the war on drugs.[37][38] Beginning in the 1990s, and particularly after 9/11, his politics were widely viewed as drifting to the right, but Hitchens objected to being called conservative.[39][32][40] During the 2000s, he argued for the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, endorsed the re-election campaign of George W. Bush in 2004, and viewed Islamism as the principal threat to the Western world.[41][42]
      Hitchens described himself as an anti-theist and saw all religions as false, harmful and authoritarian.[43] He argued for free expression, scientific discovery, and the separation of church and state, arguing that they were superior to religion as an ethical code of conduct for human civilisation. Hitchens notably wrote critical biographies of Catholic nun Mother Teresa in The Missionary Position, President Bill Clinton in No One Left To Lie To, and American diplomat Henry Kissinger in The Trial of Henry Kissinger. Hitchens died from complications related to oesophageal cancer in December 2011, at the age of 62.[44]

      • Hitchens’ philosophical positions are easily refuted – he wasn’t stupid, just deluded by his atheism. Look at his presuppositions… He assumes there is no god, and therefore interprets anything that might be evidence as proof of his assumptions without considering other interpretations.

    • Never trust an atheist, when he speaks of God, since in his universe he IS god!

      To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith no explanation is possible.
      Thomas Aquinas

    • Sick puppy, you and hitchens alike are totally blind to what prayer is and does and even blinder to the person of God.

    • whidbey- you’ve heard of Faith without Works (or in simple terms actions) is dead. You aren’t supposed to be doing nothing or by very little effort, you are supposed to be doing something.

    • And masked avenger Whidbey’s recognized slowness or dimness to you I think its Covid shots and boosters be taken. I had observed not only in those whose physical muscular and skeletal masses have been altered and dramatically appearing reduced and pale, they are also slower. If I stand in line of a small crowd of Covid jabbed patients I look plump and healthy and sharper.

    • Even Masked Avenger is kinder than before 2020, a bit slower in his zingers. But he not dull cause he was smart before 2020 and still is small. It’s just I noticed Masked is more thoughtful. And one of his comment spoke he took the Covid shots.

  5. As history once again repeats itself, only in the US will socialism and Gun confiscation work…….. THIS Time .….. doing it differently thissssss timmmmme

  6. It kind of chills my blood to read that ” the government may allow them to carry guns”. Do they have any understanding of natural rights? Self defense should be recognized as a fundamental right so people do not die on their knees.

    • Different country, different culture.

      Surprising since all their neighbors have tried to kill then at one point or another. But their choice, and their consequences.

  7. I’m thankful today that I was born, raised and living in a country where the framers of the country gave us a Constitution and amendments, most importantly the second.

  8. Thank MustReadAlaska for this news and the details. This report might cause the Anchorage Daily News to repeat the story but even so I don’t expect the Juneau Empire to carry it, nor do I expect to hear it on governmentally subsidized Public Radio.

    Outside money pays for three or more of the largest news organizations in Alaska, and their news reports are provided to outlets like Public Radio and the Daily News. The providers of that money have supported gun control in America, in some cases going all the way back to the 1968 Gun Control Act: We are therefore entirely unlikely to see that news device come up with reports of this Israeli expansion of gun rights.

    Citizens are armed in order to defend themselves and defend their democracy. Subjects are not. No one will be surprised if there is a real attempt to attack the US right now. We have very weakened leadership right now, and we haven’t won a war since WWII.

    I fully expect that just as with the Ukrainians the world will watch the Israelis show the world how to take care of terrorists in the 21st century. I somewhat expect to one day learn that some of that reported $6 billion Biden paid to Iran has been used to buy arms for Hamas from what we left behind with the Taliban in Afghanistan. The US is sending money and other support to Israel for this new war so US taxpayers are funding both sides!

    • ADN and NPR are largely paid for by subscribers and donations like from myself. News that comes from a source not behind a paywall should be taken with a grain of salt. There is a difference between journalism and blogs. This blog is largely cut and pasted from national sources.

      • Erickson, sorry, but ADNs main source of funding isn’t their readers, it is ProPublica. Without ProPublica’s assistance ADN would have had to close their doors many moons ago. They have established a partnership with this left leaning organization, which pays for reporters etc. and so influences the coverage. Simply paying for news doesn’t guarantee its validity, completeness or truthfulness, especially when opinion is disguised as straight up news.
        NPR gets a very large chunk of change from the taxpayer (via government grants) and foundations and is therefor not beholden to their small time members. I have no problem with NPR’s liberal slant, I just wish they would actually admit to it and sometimes present all aspects.
        MRAK is as Paul Harvey always said “the rest of the story” and this one woman show is truly supported by her readers on a voluntary basis.

  9. The lessons of what the German government did to restrict gun ownership in the 1930s are stark. Millions died because they had no weapons to fight back. You’d think Jews of all people would recognize the need for a right to keep and bear arms. Its probable that many of the terrorists would have been shot dead the other day by Israeli citizens if the citizens had such a right. Imagine if Hamas had attacked a country western music festival in say, Texas, or Alaska. There would have been a lot of dead terrorists, quickly.

  10. I believe Hamas would have little support from ordinary Palestinians if they were being resettled on the West Bank from Gaza City instead of far right Israelis.

    • Get a grip frank… ALL of the palestinian leadership promises to wipe Israel from the face of the earth – no amount of appeasement will ever satisfy.

    • Frank,
      Your continued support for this terrorist organization is rivaled only by your continued belligerent antisemitism.

      • I’ve often been asked why I take such a hard stance regarding anti semites. I offer “Frank” as exhibit A.

  11. My father and I taught my kids gun use and safety before they were 10. With mandatory refresher courses before allowed to shoot.

    One of the things taught was a firearm is a tool, just like a hammer. Use a tool correctly it’s safe and effective. Misuse it and people can die.

    As adults, only one has chosen to own a firearm. I completely respect the choice to or not to. They know the benefits and the consequences.

  12. So, reading the details of the article, it sounds like the requirements for a gun license aren’t actually being loosened at all; the prodecure for getting one is simply being streamlined. This sounds like mere lip-service to me.

    • Israel is 44% secular and only 33% go to religious services; much like the US (another free Democracy)
      So you must mean Gaza, where religious belief is much, much higher then Israel.
      I think the “fools” have killed themselves, so to speak, when they invaded Israel.
      Bad play on their part.

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