After a weekend of violence and growing tensions with the Palestinians, the government plans to ease restrictions on who can obtain a weapon, but while some applaud the move, not everyone is convinced this is the right step
Late Friday night, Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir visited the scene of the attack in which seven Israelis were murdered by a Palestinian assailant outside a Jerusalem synagogue. He hugged a sobbing local resident in the crowd.
“If I was armed, I would have saved three or four people,” the eyewitness told Ben-Gvir as he cried.
Several police officers arrived at the scene minutes after the shooting began and ended the killing spree.
Hours later, a 13-year-old Palestinian shot at Jews in the Old City of Jerusalem. One of them, a soldier on leave, was armed. He immediately fired at the boy, likely preventing a wider attack. There were no Jewish fatalities in the incident and the Palestinian assailant is still in an Israeli hospital.
In light of the new government's expressed intention to loosen restrictions on obtaing a gun license due to
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