Israeli news anchor carries a gun while live on air in the studio in latest sign of how


An Israeli news anchor has carried a gun live on air while presenting from the studio amid fear of another Hamas attack.

Lital Shemesh, a presenter for right-wing Israeli broadcaster Channel 14, was pictured on Tuesday sitting behind her anchor desk with a gun tucked into the waistband of her trousers.

Shemesh’s gun is right next to her microphone receivers while she is sitting on the edge of her presenter chair. 

Her most recent social media post showed her practising her shooting skills on a gun range as she called for people ‘get your guns out’. 

She also posted several pictures of herself reporting from the frontlines as well as in her soldier’s uniform.

Lital Shemesh (pictured), a presenter for right-wing Israeli broadcaster Channel 14, was pictured on Tuesday sitting behind her anchor desk with a gun tucked into the waistband of her trousers

Lital Shemesh (pictured), a presenter for right-wing Israeli broadcaster Channel 14, was pictured on Tuesday sitting behind her anchor desk with a gun tucked into the waistband of her trousers

Her most recent social media post (pictured) showed her practising her shooting skills on a gun range as she called for people 'get your guns out'

Her most recent social media post (pictured) showed her practising her shooting skills on a gun range as she called for people ‘get your guns out’

She also posted several pictures of herself reporting from the frontlines (pictured above) as well as in her soldier's uniform

She also posted several pictures of herself reporting from the frontlines (pictured above) as well as in her soldier’s uniform

The journalist and Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) reservist has previously spoken about fighting Hamas.

‘The entire country is being recruited to fight this war against terrorism, to fight this war against Hamas,’ Shemesh told Fox News shortly after the October 7 attack.

‘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.’

This comes as fears of another Hamas offensive have been rising after the terror group killed 1,140 people, most of them civilians, during their October 7 attack, according to a tally based on official Israeli figures.

Last month, a young couple was pictured heading out on the streets in Israel – with an assault rifle slung over the shoulder.

The pair were seen walking hand-in-hand through Jerusalem on December 4 amid heightened tensions in the city.

The journalist and Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) reservist has previously spoken about 'fighting Hamas' (pictured: Shemesh in her uniform)

The journalist and Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) reservist has previously spoken about ‘fighting Hamas’ (pictured: Shemesh in her uniform)

A young couple head out for a night in Jerusalem, with the woman wearing a rifle across her body

A young couple head out for a night in Jerusalem, with the woman wearing a rifle across her body

Prior to Hamas‘s brutal massacre on October 7, Israel had strict gun laws, permitting licences only to people who could prove they needed extra security.

Applications previously took months to process but can now be approved within days of filling out an online form.

Gun shops and shooting ranges in Israel have since been inundated with civilians looking to buy firearms to protect their families.

Less than a month after Hamas’s attacks there had been 150,000 applications for gun licences, compared to just 42 in the same period, last year.

Israel’s police minister Itamar Ben-Gvir has previously described gun ownership as a precaution against internal unrest between Jews and Israel’s Arab minority.

In a televised speech after the attacks, Israel’s president Benjamin Netanyahu said the government would be ‘encouraging civilians and helping civilians to arm themselves for their self-defence’.

A few days after the deadly October 7 attack, a woman was spotted carrying a M16 assault rifle while doing her shopping in Sderot, one of the border cities that came under attack by Hamas terrorists. 

The young woman – who wore a baggy grey T-shirt, dark blue shorts and flip-flops – was seen carrying a plastic bag to her car with the rifle slung over her back.

She was also photographed clutching her phone in her hand which sported long, light-blue nails, as she walked towards her Nissan Micra.

A young woman has been spotted in Israel carrying a M16 assault rifle while doing her shopping (pictured), days after Hamas launched its barbaric attack against civilians

A young woman has been spotted in Israel carrying a M16 assault rifle while doing her shopping (pictured), days after Hamas launched its barbaric attack against civilians

The young woman, who wore a baggy grey t-shirt, dark blue shorts and flip-flops, was seen carrying a bag of shipping to her car with the rifle slung over her shoulder

The young woman, who wore a baggy grey t-shirt, dark blue shorts and flip-flops, was seen carrying a bag of shipping to her car with the rifle slung over her shoulder

She was also photographed clutching her phone in her hand which sported long, light-blue nails

She was seen walking towards her Nissan Micra parked in Sderot

She was also photographed clutching her phone in her hand which sported long, light-blue nails, as she walked towards her Nissan Micra parked in Sderot

Sderot sits less than a mile from Gaza and dozens of civilians and at least 20 members of the Israeli police were killed by terrorists who rampaged through the town

Israel remains on high alert for any more potential incursions by armed assailants, either by Hamas fighters from inside Gaza or Hezbollah units from Lebanon.

Since the country’s declaration of independence in 1948, fixed-term military service has been compulsory for young people in the country.

From the age of 17, most Israeli teenagers – male and female – can be called up to serve a compulsory two years and eight months in the IDF.

As a result, Israel has the world’s third largest active military per-capita, and the world’s sixth largest reserve military by the same metric. 

On top of that, the country – which spends more than 5 per cent of its GDP on the IDF – has around three million people who are fit for military service.



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