Israelis lower guard after Iraq crisis cools

After the crisis, the Israeli army sent home hundreds of reservists who had been called up as a preparedness measure. Gas mask distribution centers also reduced their operations.

Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai said the situation in Iraq would still have to be closely watched.

Most Israelis reacted to the latest tension in the Gulf with indifference.

Gas mask distribution centers reported a low turnout of people seeking to update their kits. Stores did not report runs on masking tape and plastic sheeting, despite instructions from the defense establishment to have the items on hand, for use in sealing off rooms from poison gas attacks.

The tensions did have a major impact, however, in the West Bank, where Palestinians and Israeli troops clashed during pro-Iraq demonstrations.