August 27, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - With his wife expecting their third child next month, Ram Gilboa, a sports commentator who lives just outside Tel Aviv, recently found himself jotting down a list of baby supplies that friends and family could buy: a crib, diapers ... gas mask. "That's not normal," Gilboa, 32, recalled with a nervous laugh. "When you're making a list of gifts for a baby, gas mask is not supposed to be on it. " With speculation lingering over a possible war with Iran, even battle-hardened Israelis - who insist they've seen and survived it all - are starting to make contingency plans.
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October 12, 2001
Re "Real Men Should Start to Worry About Germ Warfare," Commentary, Oct. 10: If I were one of these terrorists and I had read Arianna Huffington's commentary about a bunch of Hollywood women presiding over a dinner party in which the subject was gas masks and Cipro, I would be swooning in the ecstasy that the notion of victory brings. But if I thought the so-so silent guys of America, the dudes, were, each one of them, willing to die, to give their lives so these women could go on having these ridiculous conversations rather than letting them get carted off to some old football stadium and shot in the neck for clucking like hens, then I would take notice.
August 27, 2013 |
BEIJING -- North Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria this spring, presumably for use in the Middle East nation's chemical weapons program, but the shipment was intercepted by Turkey along with arms and ammunition, a Japanese newspaper reported Tuesday. The Libya-flagged ship El Entisar (“Victory”) was stopped April 3 by Turkish authorities as it passed through the Dardanelles, the Sankei Shimbun reported. Acting on the tip from the United States, authorities searched the ship and seized 1,400 rifles and pistols and about 30,000 rounds of ammunition as well as the gas masks.
August 28, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- As panicked Israelis broke into fistfights at one gas mask distribution center, Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday deployed extra missile-interception systems to the north and approved a limited mobilization of reservists. The country is bracing for the blowback of a possible U.S. airstrike against Syria over the Syrian military's alleged use of chemical weapons. Damascus has threatened to retaliate against Israel if the Americans attack. But Israeli officials said they continue to believe that the chances of a strike by Syrian President Bashar Assad or his allies remain low. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged citizens to remain calm, saying the military is prepared to respond to any threat.
August 18, 1990 |
Israel's chief rabbi has asked religious Jews to carry scissors so they can remove their beards to accommodate gas masks if Iraq threatens Israel with chemical weapons. Rabbi Mordechai Eliahu ruled that Orthodox Jews need not follow a biblical ban on shaving beards--if their lives are in danger. Under Jewish law, saving a life takes precedence over all other requirements. Some religious scholars believe the Bible meant for beards to distinguish Jews from non-Jews.
January 18, 1991 |
Three women and a 3-year-old Arab girl apparently suffocated in their gas masks today during an Iraqi missile strike, Israel Radio said. Air raid sirens alerted the country's 4.7 million Israelis to don gas masks for fear of a chemical weapons strike and seek protection in rooms sealed against poison gases. The girl apparently suffocated because a plastic seal over the air-intake valve was not removed, said Khalid Dzuki, deputy secretary of her hometown, Taibe.