In northern Israel, residents of Safed are “preparing for the worst”

While a war seems on the verge of breaking out between Israel and Hezbollah, the inhabitants of this border town in Lebanon, center of Kabbalah (the ancient Jewish mysticism), have been arming themselves for months. And fear an attack similar to that of October 7, says “The New York Times”.

When he steps out of his pink house in the early morning, Eyal Ben Ari, a 44-year-old man, adjusts the strap of the heavy assault rifle he carries on his shoulder, hoping not to wake his wife or his six children.

As he heads toward one of the synagogues in Safed, a city high above Lake Tiberias that has been renowned for centuries as a center of Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish mysticism, he admits he doesn’t feel very comfortable with his rifle.

At night, he sleeps with the gun tucked under his pillow, and he’s afraid it’ll be stolen. When his 13-year-old son came home with a toy rifle, Ben Ari considered returning the real thing, and he wonders if he was right to join the new civilian militia that gave him the weapon.

In the synagogue, men in black suits and graying beards—all also members of the Chabad movement, an ultra-Orthodox sect of Judaism—welcome Ben Ari by tapping him on the shoulder. They are happy to see him. To see his rifle. Which is the only one in the synagogue, but not in Safed.

“People want guns”

In this small town near the Lebanese border, which has often suffered rocket salvos from Hezbollah in recent months, citizens have rushed to arm themselves, prey to the same feeling of vulnerability as their Israeli compatriots.

Like all of Israel, the residents of Safed fear a repeat of October 7. Before the attack, most

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The New York Times (New York)

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