The effects of the Big Lie, circa 2015, are frightening.
Pepper spray is sold out in Jerusalem. So are Taser guns. As for firearms, believe it or not, the restrictions on gun ownership in the country where soldiers with Uzis walk everywhere freely are far stricter than in the US, but the laws have been loosened in recent weeks. The trend is clear: Personal self-defense is rising above reliance on Israeli soldiers and police for the simple reason that if someone is stabbing you, or a split second from stabbing you, there is no time for soldiers or police to intervene, unless, by sheer luck, they are right there, johnny on the spot.