Over 42,000 women have submitted applications to obtain firearms licenses in Israel in the wake of Hamas’ historic attack on October 7, of which 18,000 were accepted. This notable rise in the number of female applicants seeking weapons licenses has been linked to a feeling of unease following Hamas’s strike.

Based on information from the Ministry of Security There are more than three times as many applications as there are licenses that women possess.

However, feminist organizations have condemned this flurry of activity feminist groups, however, have denounced this surge of action relaxation of gun control regulations under Israel’s rights administration, as well as Itama, its far-right security minister  Gvir. 

Consequently, almost 15,000 women are currently civilians who own a handgun in the West Bank and Israel, with 10,000 people registered for required training, according to the ministry.

Declaring a shift in viewpoint, Limor Gonen, a professor of political science, stated to AFP, “I would have never considered obtaining a permit or purchasing a firearm since On October 7, a little shift occurred.

Following his attendance at a required firearms handling class, he said, “On October 7, all of us were targeted, and I attempting to defend because I don’t want to come as a surprise personally.”

Ben Gvir’s direction made it possible for the procedure to Speedy weapons licenses, according to Israeli media stating that in the moments following the Hamas. assault, the government was frequently clearing hundreds of licenses each day

The current requirements for gun ownership eligibility in Israel comprise being a citizen or a long-term resident who is older than age 18, with a rudimentary understanding of Hebrew, and medical approval. But the comprehensive list of prerequisites makes it difficult.

However, a lot of groups and activists have denounced the easy access policy, implying that this can result in a rise in violent crimes and homicides 

Even with the criticism, some females feel more secure in their increased availability to weapons. Yahel Reznik, 24, is a community manager who reported feeling “a lot more safe” in West Bank settlement Ariel. “Because of my training, I shall be capable of defending both myself and other people” against an will be able to protect myself and other individuals from an

The strike on October 7, which started the conflict, led to 1,194 fatalities in Israel, the majority of them were civilians citing numbers from the Israeli government. As a reaction, Israel’s  At least 37,431 individuals have died in retaliatory offensives since Gaza, is mostly composed of people, according to the Hamas health ministry.