The top 8 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, July 24
From the conclusion of the race for Israel's Chief Rabbinate to a worrying report on Israel's preparedness to cope with an escalating rocket threat, here are today's top eight headlines.
The race for the Chief Rabbinate neared its conclusion as electors cast their vote for Israel's next top Sephardi and Ashkenazi clerics.
A survey conducted by Haaretz shows that 55% of Israelis say they're inclined to vote for peace deal, with thirty-nine percent of the respondents stating they would support any plan Netanyahu presented.
The Civil Administration decided to go ahead with its grandiose railway plan for the West Bank. The plan, which includes 473 kilometers of rail with 30 stations on 11 lines and dozens of bridges and tunnels, is meant to connect all West Bank cities with one another.
An Israeli man was seriously wounded in a stabbing in Jerusalem's Liberty Bell Park; police have not ruled out nationalist motives.
For the third time in a week, rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel. No injuries or damage was reported as two rockets landed in the Eshkol Regional Council Wednesday morning.
According to a report prepared at the Tel Aviv University, the Israeli response to such rocket threats is lagging, as progress in developing and deploying these weapons is made by Hezbollah, Hamas and other groups.
Leaked documents show the Chinese government tried to cover up counterterrorism meetings it held with Israeli officials in wake of allegations that Islamic Jihad funds were laundered via the Bank of China.
And "The Marrying of Chani Kaufman" by Eve Harris, a book about life in London's Jewish community, has been nominated for this year's Man Booker Prize.