Disappointed with the delay in the U.S. decision to launch a strike against the Syrian regime, Israel is bracing for possible consequences. The Israeli air force is on high alert, having taken delivery of a sixth counter-rocket Iron Dome system and preparing to deploy a seventh.
Israeli intelligence agencies do not see a Syrian attack on Israel in response as likely. Still, as Israelis prepared to celebrate Rosh Hashanah Sept. 4-6 and observe Yom Kippur Sept. 13-14, queues for gas masks formed outside the Home Front Command distribution stations. Fearing that a U.S. strike could provoke Syria to launch a chemical attack on Israel, many civilians were rushing to receive personal protection kits provided by the military, with a gas mask and atropine syringe against nerve gas.