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Guns! Guns everywhere!

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07.12.2021

Many a tourist has returned from Israel with the distinct impression that there are guns everywhere. This is not a wrong impression. Israeli soldiers carry their weapons openly, in public. Police and Border Patrol carry weapons. Reservists coming from or returning to deployment carry their weapons.

I myself “graduated” from a very heavy Belgian FN rifle to an even heavier one with a bipod to a lighter Uzi and then to (a captured) Soviet RPG complete with rocket pack along with the Uzi, to an M-16. Upon further deployment I was trained on the earliest versions of the Galil and then to a more compact M-16, known as the AR-15. While working as a civilian in the Gaza Strip I signed out an AK-47 and a 9mm Beretta along with appropriate magazines and ammunition. Such was the reality of life in Israel while I lived there on a full-time basis.

The one major difference from the first time I received my weapon was that I took an oath. I held a Tanach (Holy Scriptures) in one hand, and my new weapon in my other. I swore to defend the Jewish people and the people of Israel, Jewish blood will not be spilled in vain. And so, throughout my 20-year chapter of living in Israel and serving in front-line combat units until I left to live in the US, I took that oath very seriously.

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© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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