In response to the ongoing conflict with Hamas, Israel’s Health Ministry has requested civilian volunteers with gun licenses to provide security at hospitals and healthcare facilities. Some regular security personnel have been called up for military service, creating a potential shortfall in security. While civilian gun ownership in Israel is relatively low compared to the United States, recent efforts have expedited the licensing process, leading to increased demand for gun permits. Additionally, 10,000 assault rifles have been purchased for distribution to civilian security teams along the country’s borders. This move comes after debates over arming more Israelis in response to tensions between Israeli Arabs and Jews.