Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:34AM
An Israeli F-16 fighter jet takes off during an air show at the graduation ceremony of Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim base in the Negev desert. (Photo by AFP)
An Israeli F-16 fighter jet takes off during an air show at the graduation ceremony of Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim base in the Negev desert. (Photo by AFP)
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These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:

Israel’s airstrikes in Syria
Israel’s recent airstrikes in Syria were the latest in a large number of similar attacks which began shortly after the conflict began in the Arab country. But these new air raids differed from the other ones in that they were claimed by Israel. This is while Tel Aviv did not comment on the previous ones, though it was evident that no one but the regime was behind them. Meanwhile, the timing of the strikes was strange: they came after Israeli prime minister met with Russian president Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow and one of the issues the two discussed was definitely the Syria crisis.

US army: Nudes and sex scandals
The US military has been embroiled in a series of sex scandals over the past few decades. The issue has again been under the spotlight since March six when a number of marines shared naked photos of their female colleagues on a Facebook page called Marines United. Some 30,000 active and retired male marines were members of the page which was closed down after its activity was uncovered by a non-profit news organization.

Cost of criticism
Criticism of Israel has cost another international official her job: the head of the United Nations’ West Asia Commission. Rima Khalaf in a report condemned Israel’s atrocities against Palestinians. Khalaf announced her resignation after she came under pressure from the UN secretary general to withdraw the report, which said quote-beyond a reasonable doubt, Israel is guilty of imposing an apartheid regime on the Palestinian people. This, the report adds, amounts to the commission of a crime against humanity. She had said the report quote-clearly and frankly concludes that Israel is a racist regime.” Khalaf also explained that the report’s conclusions were based on what she described as “scholarly inquiry and overwhelming evidence.”