Damaged room is seen in Aleppo's Al-Ezaa neighborhood
Damaged room is seen in Aleppo's Al-Ezaa neighborhood September 11, 2013. Photo by Reuters
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After several weeks of prudent and calculated silence; after numerous clarifications that Israel is neither involved nor has a stake in the Syrian civil war; after consenting to a request to assist President Obama in his efforts to muster support in Congress and all that time knowing that a U.S. strike on Syria may not necessarily benefit Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu just had to say something.

Syrian warplanes have bombed one of the main hospitals serving rebel-held territory in the north of the country, according to activists and video footage.

The United States will insist that Syria take rapid steps to show it is serious about abandoning its vast chemical arsenal, senior U.S. officials said, as Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva on Thursday for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

In the kickoff of a campaign to stop exploitation of foreign workers, state inspectors in Tel Aviv found indications that 90 percent of the businesses they checked this week were indeed violating their workers’ legal rights, the Economy Ministry said Wednesday.

Mor Cohen, 25, parked her car on Saturday night near her apartment in Tel Aviv’s Florentin neighborhood and it left it there for a few days. She returned to the car on Tuesday and found a NIS 250 ticket on the windshield, issued a day earlier, for parking in a crosswalk. "I didn't recall there being a crosswalk there," Cohen says. "I went half a day thinking I was a terrible driver who had put children in danger."

The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, which comprises 108 of Israel's most distinguished scholars, doesn't have a single Arab member. The universities employ only a handful of Arab scholars each – between one and five - in the most senior position.

United Nations inspectors have reportedly gathered a large amount of circumstantial evidence proving that nerve gas was used in the August 21 attack near Damascus, and indicating that President Bashar Assad's regime was responsible for unleashing chemical weapons against the Syrian people.

Clashes erupted early Thursday between Palestinians and Israeli security forces at Joseph's Tomb in the northern West Bank, as some 1,400 Jewish worshipers gathered for prayers at the holy site.