The top 8 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, June 11
From police revealing the motive behind the 2009 shooting rampage at the Barnoar gay youth center, to Israel topping the world ranking of smartphone usage, Haaretz brings you the top 8 stories you might have missed.
Israeli defense industry clients include Egypt, Pakistan, Morocco and UAE among other Middle East countries, a report by a British government agency revealed. Israel's leading security export products, according to the report, are drones, electronic warfare systems, radar and cockpit displays. But Pakistan has denied it receives such equipment from Israel.
Police revealed the motive behind the 2009 shooting rampage at the Barnoar gay youth center in Tel Aviv, saying it was a revenge attack committed when a minor told a family member that he was raped by a gay activist who was a senior figure at the club. The police are investigating the activist on suspicion of raping the minor.
From reconciliation with Turkey to peace talks with the Palestinians, the rampant use of special envoys by the prime minister is making the Foreign Ministry increasingly irrelevant to decision making. Israeli diplomats' appalling pay and benefits is closely tied to the deteriorating status.
Turkish riot police entered Gezi Park – the heart of the demonstrations in central Istanbul – firing tear gas canisters and rubber bullets, and prompting many protesters to flee. Three have died and more than 5,000 have been injured in the protests, going on two weeks now, including police.
Prime Minister Benajamin Netanyahu said Monday that construction in major settlement blocs will continue. While saying construction does not substantially affect Israel's ability to reach an agreement with Palestine, he said that Israel must act wisely. Defense Committee Chairman Avigdor Lieberman has confirmed that Israel has observed a partial freeze on East Jerusalem settlements.
7.1 percent of Israeli Jews identify as Reform or Conservative, according to the soon-to-be-released Israeli Democracy Index for 2013. Reform and Conservative Jews will petition the Supreme Court for state recognition of their movements.
The cost of driving green in Israel will rise come August 1, when low-emission cars will lose big tax breaks as Israel scrambles to drum up revenues. The Purchase tax on 70% of all car models sold in Israel is set to rise by as much NIS 12,000.
Israel tops world ranking of smartphone usage. A worldwide survey shows Israelis use their smartphones just about anywhere and that rising number of Israelis apt to use smartphones during social gatherings.