- 08.30.13 12:39 PM EDT
As the U.S. prepares for a potential attack on Syria, neighboring Israel is readying for what could be a Middle East fallout. Hundreds of Israelis have lined up to get gas masks while awaiting reactions in the region. While the Syrian border is less than 50 miles away from Israel's, citizens mainly fear the response from a nuclear Iran.
A gas-mask distribution center was forced to shutter early on Thursday in a sign of the panic spreading through Israeli society.