The top 8 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, December 2
From a decision to confiscate tax revenues collected by Israel for the Palestinian Authority to a farewell interview with retiring U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, Haaretz brings you the top headlines you might have missed.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz decided Sunday to confiscate the tax revenues that Israel collected for the Palestinian Authority during the month of November, and use it to offset the PA's debt to Israel's Electric Corporation. The move came in light of the United Nations vote to upgrade Palestine's status to non-member observer state.
Western intelligence officials said that they have been seeing new signs of activity at Syrian sites used to hold chemical weapons, the New York Times reported on Sunday. The officials said they were not sure whether the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad were preparing to employ the chemical weapons, or rather use them to deter the West from aiding the rebels.
Protests by Islamists forced Egypt's highest court to postpone a session on Sunday set to examine the legality of the Islamist-dominated upper house of parliament and the body that drafted the new constitution, state media reported.
In a farewell interview with Haaretz, retiring U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman calls for Palestinian elections, American military aid for Assad's opponents and an end to Congress' partisan feuds.
Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert criticized Saturday the decision to go forward with construction plans in Area E-1, which connects Jerusalem and Ma'aleh Adumim, describing it as a "slap in the face" of U.S. President Barack Obama. The former prime minister spoke at the Saban Forum 2012.
The bodies of Dr. Mordechai Shtalrid, about 60 years old, and his daughter Keren, 34, were discovered Friday morning in the family home on Moshav Nir Israel, near Ashkelon. Police believe the father, a department head at Kaplan Hospital, Rehovot, performed euthanasia on his terminally ill daughter and then killed himself.
Labor Party leader Shelly Yacimovich has announced that she won't publish detailed polling results from her party's primary, so as to preserve what she termed "clean, democratic, secret and pressure-free" balloting. It's certainly a novel approach to the war on corruption: Just ignore it.
Leading ultra-Orthodox rabbis this week called on yeshiva students not to report to the Israel Defense Forces draft office after receiving their preliminary call-up papers.