People gather near graves as they mark the 16th anniversary of the massacre of Qana, Lebanon, Wednesday, April 18, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Naftali Bennett, leader of an ultra-nationalist Israeli party and a potential future defense minister, is in the spotlight over his role in the 1996 Qana massacre which killed more than 100 Lebanese civilians who sought refuge at a U.N. facility.Bennett, whose Jewish Home party is in Benjamin Netanyahu's governing coalition and is expected to perform well in elections in March, was a junior commando officer during the Israeli attack on Lebanon.Two unsourced Israeli media reports over the past week have questioned Bennett's soldiering.Haaretz argued Bennett may lack sufficient experience to serve as defense minister, a post some Israeli analysts predict Netanyahu will offer him if re-elected.
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