"It's my duty to maintain my shooting skills, so I'll be ready for any situation."
A right-wing Israeli lawmaker on Thursday hit the shooting range to perform what she called her national "duty" of staying prepared for the next terrorist attack.
Sharren Haskel, 34, a member of the ruling Likud party, is the first female member of the Israeli Knesset to have served as a combat soldier during her mandatory military service. She still carries a firearm and was at the range for her annual training as required by Israeli law.
מקפידה לשפר את כישורי הצליפה שלי במטווח השנתי.— Sharren Haskel שרן (@SharrenHaskel) November 1, 2018
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"I make sure to improve my marksmanship at the range every year," Haskel said in a social media post that included footage of her outing. "
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In a follow-up tweet, Haskel showed off her handiwork. But, she noted, "There's still room to improve."
המקבץ בהתקלה, יש עוד מה לשפר. pic.twitter.com/aMK08rZZzK— Sharren Haskel שרן (@SharrenHaskel) November 1, 2018
Haskel made no mention of the deadly shooting that killed 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. Nor did she immediately respond to an interview request. But a day after the tragedy, she tweeted her "condolences to the families of the victims."
I would like to send my condolences to the families of the victims.— Sharren Haskel שרן (@SharrenHaskel) October 27, 2018
Thank you @POTUS for sending a clear message that condemns & call to fight racism and any form of anti Sémitisme. https://t.co/uKavmJXPif
Like Israel's government in general -- and in contrast with liberal American Jews -- Haskel also praised President Donald Trump's response. She tweeted a clip of a speech in which she said he had "delivered" a clear message that condemns & call[s] to fight racism and any form" of anti-Semitism.
Consistent with his response to school shootings, Trump had earlier told reporters that lives could have been saved if the synagogue had been protected by armed guards. Gun control advocates have decried the proposed policy. But some formerly skeptical American Jews have come around since the Pittsburgh shooting.
Haskel has been a vocal, global advocate of Israel's right to defend itself, as well as of civil liberties and market freedom. The Israel Freedom Movement has regularly given her its highest marks.
Cover image: Knesset member