Red wanted to know, "How difficult is it for an Israeli citizen to obtain a carry permit?"
Israeli citizens over the age of 21, regardless of race and religion, are entitled to apply for a Carry Permit. That means that here in Israel, there are Arabs, many of whom are related to known terrorists, walking around with legal handguns.
The powers that be here in Israel understand that more guns in the hands of law abiding citizens means better security for all. So they issue carry permits on an as needed basis to everyone over 21 that has a valid need.
Valid need can be a business need (if you deal in large amounts of cash, diamonds...), Security guards, and anyone living in a dangerous area (small towns, border areas, etc), Volunteer Auxiliary Police, etc.
Ambulance drivers, paramedics, firemen, mail carriers, all are issued pistol permits almost automatically.
The license process takes 3 months. Your health, mental stability, and criminal background are thoroughly checked. And new immigrants need 3 years of citizenship prior to obtaining a carry permit.
If you have any questions, let me know and I'll try and answer them.
28 February 2008
Red wanted to know, "How difficult is it for an Israeli citizen to obtain a carry permit?"
26 February 2008
25 February 2008
This is a first for me. I've had readers from most everywhere. Cia headquaters, the Pentagon, lots of other US governmental ISP's. Iraq, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Lebanon, to name a few.
But never before have I had a blog reader from Iran.
I was at the Western Wall the other day and had my 13 year old son take a few pictures with his camera/phone.
The Western Wall is open to the public. And is usually packed with tourists.
People from all over the world come to pray at the Western Wall.
On any given day you can hear dozens of different languages.
The entire area is well guarded and there are several layers of security. The Police and Border Patrol are there in force. ID checks, carry permit
verification, the works.
Israeli civilians come to pray three times a day.
Yes, even at Judaisms holiest site there are guns.
24 February 2008
Whose side are they on? "They were unable to tell us that they were not going to support the PLO," he said. "We had 25 victims in the room, and they were unable to say they would support American citizens over a terrorist organization."
Terror victims from across the US and Israel came here this week to urge the Bush administration not to interfere with their multi-million-dollar lawsuits against the Palestine Liberation Organization. They left feeling they'd been listened to, but not necessarily heard.
That a US government organisation would need to mull over siding with American citizens or foreign terrorists is disgusting.
"It's obscene that they would get in involved in our case," said Elliot, who was shot in the chest while waiting for a bus on Jerusalem's Jaffa Road in 2002. She lost a lung and suffers chronic pain. "It's obscene that they could be against the terror victims."
But this is the State Department we're talking about.
"There has been a rethinking in the State Department that I wholeheartedly welcome," Afif Safieh, head of the PLO mission in Washington, told The Washington Post this week. He labeled the suits "politically and ideologically motivated to drive the Palestinian Authority into bankruptcy."
I'm confused- can someone explain why a terrorist group like the PLO is even permitted to set foot on American soil, let alone have a political presence? I was under the impression that the PLO had officially been designated a terrorist group by Congress- and as such were prohibited from operating "an office, headquarters, premises, or other facilities or establishments within the jurisdiction of the United States". Right?
Oh wait, George "you're with us or against us" Bush has been giving the PLO a waiver every six months to continue to operate their mission in Washington. Regardless of the fact that they are responsible for carrying out terrorist attacks on American citizens.
Attorney David Strachman, who represents Elliot and many of the other victims who came to Washington this week, has so far won $288 million in damages from the PLO, but has yet to collect any money for his clients. He said a US government statement of interest against the judgments would "entirely undermine the purpose of the act and would defeat what the judicial branch did." He said the meetings with government officials this week were inconclusive.
"They were unable to tell us that they were not going to support the PLO," he said. "We had 25 victims in the room, and they were unable to say they would support American citizens over a terrorist organization."What has the world come to?
Hat tip to Cryptic Subterranean
I found this on my web-search- on the State Department website under the heading of "Classes of Aliens Ineligible to Receive Visas".
Except as otherwise provided in this Act, aliens who are inadmissible under the following paragraphs are ineligible to receive visas and ineligible to be admitted to the United States:
(B) Terrorist activities-
(i) IN GENERAL.-Any alien who-
(V) is a member of a foreign terrorist organization, as designated by the Secretary under section 219, or is inadmissible. An alien who is an officer, official, representative, or spokesman of the Palestine Liberation Organization is considered, for purposes of this Act, to be engaged in a terrorist activity.
So exactly why is, for example, Afif Safieh allowed to head the PLO mission in Washington? The page in question is apparently current and the rules listed are from the Immigration and Nationality Act. Can anyone explain why the rules seem to state that being a PLO official in the USA is considered to be engaging in terrorist activity and yet these people are welcome in Washington?
21 February 2008
On the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills an ROTC student with a fake drill rifle was detained when a report of a man walking around campus with an automatic weapon was made.
The campus was put under lockdown as Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies searched for a suspect.
And another one at UC Davis this time a "Real" replica.
Who serves in the IDF and how long is the period of active / mandatory service?
National military service is mandatory for Jewish and Druze men and Jewish women over the age of 18. Men serve three years in the IDF, while women serve two.
The IDF requires women who volunteer for combat positions to serve for three years because combat soldiers must undergo a lengthy period of training. Women in most combat positions are also required to serve as reserve for several years after their dismissal from regular service.
Druze is an Arab sect here in Israel. They are an integral part of the IDF, are highly motivated and in my opinion excellent soldiers.
Who serves in the IDF Reserves?
Following regular service, men may be called for reserve service of up to one month annually, until the age of 45 (reservists may volunteer after this age), and may be called for active duty immediately in times of crisis. In most cases, the reserve duty is carried out in the same unit for many years, in many cases the same unit as the active service and by the same people. Many soldiers who have served together in active service continue to meet on reserve duty for years after their discharge. A well-known Israeli joke refers to civilians as soldiers on 11-month furlough.What is your Military Background and current rank?
I was originally trained as an infantryman. My MOS was APC driver, and 52mm Mortarman ( an honor given to the few that could actually carry the 52mm tube and the extremely heavy rounds that go with it).
I was chosen to "rise through the ranks" and went to IDF Officer Training School, and am currently a Captain in the IDF reserves.
I am also certified in unarmed combat, anti terror, sharpshooter, sniper, and a few others.
What weapons does the IDF Infantry Corps use?
This is a typical IDF infantry kit.
The personal weapon of most IDF soldiers is the M16, particularly, the M16A2, shortened CAR-15, M4, and M4A1 assault rifles. The majority of regular-service Infantry Corps soldiers are equipped with the shortened M16, but the longer model is still in use among recruits and reserve forces(like me).
In 2005, the IMI Tavor assault rifle was brought to operational use, and is intended to become the corps' principal assault rifle in the future.
Soldiers are also equipped with various hand grenades. The company and platoon weapons are diverse, and include the IMI Negev (in 5.56mm) and the Fabrique Nationale MAG-58 (in 7.62x51mm) belt fed machine guns. Heavier weapons include the Browning M2 and the General Dynamics Mk 19 grenade launcher. Various units also use sharpshooters and snipers who rely on the M16A2E3, the Remington M24 Sniper Weapon System, the Barret M82, and the SIG Sauer SR86.  Missiles and rockets To engage armored targets, the corps uses a variety of grenades, rockets, and missiles. The corps units are equipped with Anti-tank RPGs such as the RPG-7, the M72 LAW, and B300 Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon. These are relatively cheap and easy to operate weapons, and are in high availability to target vehicles or buildings.
19 February 2008
Mughniyah is DEAD!Imad Mughniyah made "Carlos the Jackal" look like an amateur. He claimed up over 400 kills in various terrorist operations he planned. He was reportedly involved in the bombing of the US apartment complex at the Kobar towers in Saudi Arabia. And he had a $25 million reward on his head.
We didn't do it! We didn't do it! We didn't do it! (Not that we wouldn't have if we'd had the opportunity.)
There, now do you believe me? Usually the media and the Arabs accuse us of being bumbling idiots who can't get anything right. I didn't think we'd ever be credited with such a bold move.
I mean there was a huge huge funeral in Beirut, full of Iranian Hezbollah terrorists, and we didn't target that did we? If we had we could have taken out hundreds and potentially even thousands of terrorists and their most active supporters.
So, until you hear otherwise, Israel didn't do it.
17 February 2008
Thursday I took Mrs. DoubleTapper and the kids to Tel Aviv to attend the IDF Allegiance Ceremony for Giavati Brigade. One of the Servicemen I frequently bribe with Mrs. DoubleTapper's incredible concoctions invited us to attend.
On the way to the ceremony, we picked up another of our local servicemen and took him along.
Givati is traditionally the southern brigade so their area of operations is mostly in the south. Although in a country the size of New Jersey, they send you where they need you.
Givati used to train in amphibious landings and desert warfare. Now they train for everything including unarmed combat, special ops, long range reconnaissance, urban warfare, and anti terrorism. They were recently upgraded to the IWI Tavor.
During the ceremony, which takes place about 2/3 of the way into basic training (at about 3 months) the servicemen make a verbal pledge, and are given a rifle and a bible.
The unit color is purple. The purple unit berets are issued at the end of basic.
I found this video of the servicemen that took part in the ceremony online.
15 February 2008
13 February 2008
I got a request for this one from one of the servicemen in my neighborhood.
He said the guys in his unit love this one.
The IDF Commandos didn't really get this one but it cracked me up!
Leave a comment and I'll forward it to them.
11 February 2008
I thought it was about freedom and the second amendment…
I made a statement. It wasn’t very diplomatic of me, but this is the internet…
Next thing you know they’re saying that I’ve “only a very hazy and ill formed impression of the conditions that exist over here in the United States.”
I don't know about the other 50 states, but growing up in Vermont and living in Israel does get you used to seeing guns.
All carried openly.
Here in Israel we are issued straight Carry Permits, one per person, for a single handgun.
For Israelis choosing a handgun, holster and accessories is a matter of cost, training, effectiveness and comfort. Not who might see my pistol? Will the bulge in my pants (made by my handgun) be considered offensive?
And trying to convince the cops you’re not a pervert, just carrying a concealed handgun in your Under-All Holster, seems to contradict what the second amendment stands for.
Just in case you were wondering Mrs. DoubleTapper carries her Glock 26 open carry too.
10 February 2008
I really wanted to go to the Shot Show this year.
I made the flight reservations. I reserved the room. I prepared the Kosher meals. But in the end, I had to cancel.
I've seen lots of pictures online but nothing comes close to the hundreds of pictures taken by SMGLee.
If you're like me and wanted to attend, but didn't get the chance to, you should check out SMGLee's Shot Show Album
There were a few other attendees that took some amazing pictures and posted them online.
Ken Lunde, AR15 Forums, ...
Sun Tzu's The Art of War makes it clear that to win you must "Know your enemy"
Who are we fighting in Gaza? In Iraq?
What are the origins of Muslim Terrorism?
Is it just a few "radical Muslims" or more widespread?
How could we have prevented terror attacks on the west?
Does the press really know what they are talking about?
What is the solution?
IDF forces operating in the PA-controlled northern Gaza region on Thursday morning discovered rocket launchers that had been placed in concrete bunkers hidden underground. The launchers could be activated from a distance by remote control, IDF officials said, which allowed terrorists to escape IDF attempts to immediately retaliate against the rocket-launching cells.
In this 1 min 40 sec video, IDF Servicemen wearing full combat gear and equipped with night vision binoculars, discuss the best camera angles and what to film, as they collect intelligence.
According to military sources, the concrete rocket bunkers in Gaza demonstrate that Hamas has been heavily influenced by the Hizbullah terrorist organization. As was discovered by the IDF, Hizbullah forces have used similar tactics along Israel's northern border, in southern Lebanon.
Intelligence officials have repeated warnings that Iran is supplying terrorists in Gaza with weaponry similar to that the Islamic Republic supplied to the Hizbullah in Lebanon. Evidence of this was provided in January, when a Katyusha rocket fired by Hamas terrorists during an attack on Ashkelon was found to have been manufactured in Iran. The continuing breach in the Gaza-Egypt border has further facilitated the transfer, not only of weapons, according to security sources, but also of Iranian advisers for the PA terrorists.
Intelligence officials say that Iran has used funding, weapons and advanced terrorist training at camps inside the Islamic Republic to build up a critical influence on the PA's leading Hamas faction.
08 February 2008
Jerusalem - This week, Senator John McCain took heat because of an interview that he granted two years ago to Amir Oren, a credible journalist from the Israeli newspaper HaAretz, on May 1, 2006, in which Mr. McCain declared that his administration "would send "the smartest guy I know" to the Middle East .... "Brent Scowcroft, or Jim Baker though I know that you in Israel don't like Baker."
Mr. McCain added "I would expect concessions and sacrifices by both sides."
When Mr. Oren asked Mr. McCain if that meant a "movement toward the June 4, 1967 armistice lines, with minor modifications? McCain nodded in the affirmative."
To deflect criticism that he has encountered on the 2008 campaign trail, the McCain campaign has been quoting an article by John B. Judis., senior editor at The New Republic who wrote in an article in that publication on October 25, 2006 that Mr. McCain was "miffed at his portrayal in HaAretz," saying that "after reading the HaAretz article and subsequent report in The Jewish Press [in New York]," he felt the need to "clear up several serious misimpressions." Mr. McCain said that "in contrast to the impression left by the HaAretz article, I've never held the position that Israel should return to 1967 lines, and that is not my position today."
The senator repeated this week what he said to the New Republic which was that "in the course of that brief, off-the-cuff conversation, I never discussed settlement blocs, a total withdrawal, or anything of the sort."
Reached at his desk in Tel Aviv, Mr. Oren told The Bulletin that Mr. McCain is simply "not telling the truth", and that he would gladly invite him to a polygraph to see who is telling the truth. He said Mr. McCain indeed recommended Mr. Baker and Mr. Snowcroft as his potential candidates to deal with the Middle East, and that he clearly answered in the affirmative when it came to Mr. McCain's expectations of Israel, and how it should relate to further withdrawals. Mr. Oren said that Mr. McCain stated clearly that Israel's policy should be one of "defending itself and withdrawing, defending itself and withdrawing." Far from an off the cuff conversation, Mr. Oren told the Bulletin that this was a formal interview that Mr. McCain provided him at the the Brussels Forum for American-European Relations, following an interview that Mr. McCain provided to the Washington Post. Mr. Oren mentioned to the Bulletin that the interview was conducted in the presence of Mr. McCain's aide, Richard Fontaine.
Coming on an auspicious day when Israel faced more than 20 missile attacks from the Gaza area from which Israel withdrew its troops and citizens from only two years ago, at the insistence of the U.S. government, these words from Mr. McCain may not ring favorably with American voters who do not want Israel to be pushed by future American administrations. To conduct further withdrawals of troops and citizens to the 1967 lines - which would provide further areas in Judea and Samaria from which Palestinian terrorists would launch be able to launch further missile attacks on the vast majority of Israel's population, would be unacceptable to many. It would position Israeli citizens who live along the coastal region of Israel, inside the pre-1967 lines, between six and 12 miles from the hilly region that would come under Palestinian control - and Israel's only airport, in Lod, less than five miles from Palestinian missile sights.
Mr. Oren was clearly upset to hear Mr. McCain was challenging the veracity of the interview from two years ago. In Mr. Oren's words, Mr. McCain should "show the same courage on the campaign trail that he showed in Vietnam."
David Bedein can be reached at Media@actcom.co.il His Web site is www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com
07 February 2008
Women and guns have been inexplicably linked throughout American history, but a recent spurt in female gun-ownership begs a closer examination into what's driving this trend.
A Girl and A Gun paints an illuminating portrait of the rarely seen female gun community through the intimate stories of several women touched by guns in very powerful ways.
A Girl and a Gun The Movie
06 February 2008
The Human Right of Self-Defense
Is there a human right to defend oneself against a violent attacker?
Is there an individual right to arms under international law?
Conversely, are governments guilty of human rights violations if they do not enact strict gun control laws, as the UN requires?
David B. Kopel, Paul Gallant, and Joanne D. Eisen have an article published in the Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law.
If you've got the time to read 136 pages, it is well written and informative.
If you're pressed for time like me, then you'll be happy to know that the article clearly states, "the overwhelming consensus among the sources of international law, from ancient times to the present, among diverse legal systems, religions, and nations: self-defense is a fundamental human right."
05 February 2008
04 February 2008
How do you stop annoying people from looking over your shoulder and watching what you're doing online?
You need something so shocking, so horrific, that they'll just look away, and never speak to you again.
I found this and tested it.
I looked up, closed my eyes and said Aloha Snackbar for effect.
I looked over my shoulder. I was finally alone.
Go ahead and bookmark this full screen link so you can use it whenever you feel like being left alone.
Every thing and anything is the correct answer. But as far as popularity goes, the 9mm beats everything else hands down. Glock, Beretta, CZ, Colt, S&W, Browning, FN, Sig Sauer, Ruger, and that's just what I see on my way to synagogue on Saturday morning.
There are a few less practical options out there as well. One of my neighbors has a 9mm eastern block looking, folding stock, semi auto, with a 30 round banana clip. He wears it on a sling over his head and shoulder.
The newest thing is what the guys working as security guards are carrying. It's a Fobus shoulder stock attachment for the Glock, Jericho and for the Bul. Both the IWI Jericho and the Bul are made here in Israel.
This is a Bul Cherokee with the shoulder stock attached .
- Caliber: 9mm x 19,
- Overall Length: 190mm
- Overall Height: 140mm
- Weight: 705 gr.
- Barrel Length: 93mm,
- Sights: Fixed, 3 dot,
- Sight Radius: 138mm
- Safeties: Thumb, & Firing Pin Safeties,
- Trigger Pull 4.5-5.5 lb.
- Capacity: 17+1
Bul also does custom paint jobs if you're into that look.
03 February 2008
Five women in Chicago are dead. Massacred by a lone man with a gun.
It happened in a suburban Chicago strip mall Saturday morning in Chicago's Gun Free Zone.
With no law abiding citizens allowed to carry firearms in the area to prevent the massacre,
no suspects, and nothing else to say, the Chief of police of the "only criminals can carry guns here zone" Mike O'Connell said, "... I ask we keep family of the victims in our thoughts and prayers"
It sounds like the Gun Free Zone Program hasn't got a prayer, of lowering crime!
Here in Israel, where there are very few Gun Free Zones (Gov. offices require you to lock your weapon in their safe, etc.) civilians have repeatedly stopped crimes like this one before they became deadly.
Just last week counselors in an Israeli high school shot and killed two terrorists before they had a chance to kill any civilians.
This isn't the first time.
A few that stick out in my mind, An alert customer shot dead a terrorist who tried to set off an explosive device in a supermarket in Efrat, and Armed bystanders shoot and kill knife wielding Arab terrorist at a bus stop.
The solution is simple. It's what the Second Amendment of the US Constitution is for. Allow law abiding citizens to defend themselves.
02 February 2008
It looks like bin Laden's threat of “blood for blood, destruction for destruction.” is starting to see action in both Iraq and in Israel.
Shaker al-Abessi, the man running al Qaeda’s new operational arm, called Fatah al-Islamin, in Iraq and the Gaza Strip. This according to a message that appeared on al Qaeda’s main website.
Iraq- Two Down syndrome women were used as suicide couriers and were remotely blown up in the middle of Baghdad's pet markets. Al Qaeda's use of female suicide bombers has become a new trend.Israel- In the Gaza strip hundreds of Al Queda affiliated armed gunmen have been recently seen with heavy weapons, reportedly smuggled in through the Gaza-Egyptian open border and by other means. They bring with them their ideology, money, and weaponry. As if things weren't already a mess in Gaza.