A variety of sellers have started offering Israeli gas masks on the Internet auction site eBay, and they are selling fast.
Priced between $25-$50, many of the masks are of the older model first distributed to Israelis in the early 2000s. Those masks were supposed to have been turned in and destroyed, but apparently a great many were held on to for later entrepreneurial purposes.
With the looming threat of a Western attack on Syria, and Syrian retaliation against the Jewish state, Israelis have been flocking to gas mask distribution centers in recent days. But the long lines are a deterrent, and many are looking for alternative means of acquiring gas masks.
While eBay might be more convenient, Israeli officials are cautioning that the older gas masks were deemed to be ineffective against certain types of chemical attacks, and Israelis should make sure they are purchasing only the newest model.