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Golani Brigade soldier apparently smoking a joint with his weapon in a picture posted on Instagram. Photo by Instagram
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Ariel Sharon feared charges of genocide and demands for compensation following the first Lebanon War over Israel's role in the massacres at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, state archives have revealed.

A car bomb killed at least 53 people and wounded more than 200 in central Damascus on Thursday when it exploded on a busy highway close to ruling Baath Party offices and the Russian embassy, Syrian television said.

Some 1,000 Palestinians gathered in the West Bank town of Beitounia on Thursday morning for a mass protest march to Israel's Ofer military prison in support of the administrative detainees now on hunger strike.

Hezbollah was on high alert Thursday after Syrian rebels warned that they would "eliminate it from inside the Lebanese lands" unless it stops fighting for President Bashar Assad's forces, giving the militant group a 48-hour deadline to accede to this demand.

British Member of Parliament George Galloway walked out of a debate on Israeli policy in the West Bank saying he "[doesn't] recognize Israel, [doesn't] debate with Israelis."

While on a Middle East tour that has fueled speculation that he will run for president in 2016, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio arrived in Israel on Wednesday and quickly waded into politically sensitive territory by saying that Jerusalem was “of course the capital of Israel.”

Golani Brigade soldier has posted pictures of himself on Instagram, smoking what he says are joints, while in uniform. The soldier uploaded a second photograph of a bound Palestinian prisoner, and also boasted on Twitter of having killed a Palestinian.

In his bid to form a third government, Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu has run into a snag. Most parties likely to join his coalition oppose the plan he has backed for drafting yeshiva students, arguing it is too lenient.