The top 7 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, November 8
From President Shimon Peres' remarks in Moscow, to ultra-Orthodox students faring poorly on scholastic assessment exams, Haaretz sums up the top headlines from Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish World.
Speaking at the inaugurating ceremony for the Russian Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, Israeli President Shimon Peres urged his Russian and American counterparts to "join hands to put an end to the dark terror and threats," warning that Iran's quest for a nuclear weapon "heralds another Holocaust."
Three mortar shells were fired from Syria into northern Israel on Thursday, in what appears to have been an errant targeting, marking the third security incident involving Syria in less than a week. One of the shells landed on the fence surrounding the Alonei Habashan community, but did not explode. The other two exploded in open areas. No casualties were reported.
French President Francois Hollande on Thursday lambasted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, telling reporters that the Israeli leader was "obsessed with Iran" and that he had "turned the memorial ceremony for the Toulouse shooting victims into an election rally."
President Bashar Assad warned Thursday that the result of a Western military intervention in Syria would have an unbearable domino effect on the whole world, but that he did not believe such a move would occur.
The man behind an anti-Muslim film that led to violence in many parts of the Middle East was sentenced on Wednesday to a year in federal prison for probation violations in an unrelated matter. He then issued a provocative statement through his attorney.
Turkey ordered an Armenian aircraft flying to Syria to land and searched its cargo on Thursday, local media reported, the second such move by Ankara in a month designed to prevent its airspace from being used to supply the Syrian military.
According to data obtained by TheMarker, pupils at Israel's ultra-Orthodox elementary schools did worse in scholastic achievement tests than their peers at secular and state religious schools.