State to Stop Providing Gas Masks?

Due to changes in defense situation, Syria dismantling chemical weapons, gov't expected to stop gas mask distribution program.

Tova Dvorin,

Gas masks in Israeli school drill (file)
Gas masks in Israeli school drill (file)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Channel 2 reports tonight that in light of the changing security situation - as well as Syria's initiative to stop its chemical weapons program - the Security Cabinet is expected to stop producing and distributing gas masks.

A rush on gas masks exploded earlier this year after reports surfaced of Syrian chemical weapons use this summer, amid rumors of a possible US strike on the region. In response, the government launched a distribution program to issue gas mask kits to all registered citizens, leaving long lines and expensive ebay listings in its wake.

The distribution program did not reach everyone, however; 40% of Israeli citizens still remain without gas mask kits. 

A decision is expected to be reached later this week.