Israeli news anchor Lital Shemesh was photographed carrying a pistol in a waistband holster while on air Tuesday.
Shemesh is an anchor for local outlet Channel 14.
📸 TV Anchor Lital Shemesh from Israel Channel 14 TV in the studio. pic.twitter.com/BG2JkvsS17— Mete Sohtaoğlu (@metesohtaoglu) January 3, 2024
The Daily Mail reported Shemesh’s recent social media posts have been focused on her shooting at range and urging Israelis to “get your guns out.”
She is both a news anchor and an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) reservist who has spoken openly about fighting Hamas.
Following the October 7, 2023, Hamas terror attack Shemesh told FOX News, “The entire country is being recruited to fight this war against terrorism, to fight this war against Hamas. We haven’t seen a slaughter like this in Israel in the 75 years of Israel’s existence. This is a second holocaust for us.”
As 2023 came to a close, Breitbart News pointed to a Times of Israel report that 500 to 600 Israelis were applying for a gun license each day.
According to the paper, “274,279 Israelis … filed for a handgun license…between October 7 and December 25.”