While many Israelis flock to gas mask distribution centers as a result of chemical attacks in Syria, others are responding to sales of masks on eBay. Although prices for some of the older models may be a little cheaper, the concern is that some of these masks are not up to par and would be ineffective in protecting against chemical attacks.
In an effort to calm his citizens, President Netanyahu advised the Israels, “…..there is no reason to change daily routines.” However, “at the same time, we are prepared for any scenario. The IDF is ready to defend against any threat and to respond strongly against any attempt to harm Israeli citizens.”
President Obama continues to weigh his options hoping to prevent further use of chemical weapons. In a televised interview last night he said, “I have not made a decision. If we are saying in a clear and decisive but very limited way, we send a shot across the bow saying, ‘Stop doing this,’ this can have a positive impact on our national security over the long term.”
Spokesmen for the U.S. noted that a possible attack could occur by the end of the week.
In the meantime, although British MPs are prepared to vote strongly disapproving the Syrian attack on its citizens, this vote will not empower the British government to involve itself in military action.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that U.N. inspectors investigating the attack would need an additional four days. Britain wants to review this evidence before it would consider a military strike.