The top 8 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, December 26
From Netanyahu's secret meeting with Jordan's king over concern Syria's Assad will use chemical weapons against rebels, to five settlers charged with tracking IDF movements getting off with a plea bargain, Haaretz brings you the top headlines you might have missed.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a secret meeting in Jordan with King Abdullah II, which focused on the possibility that Syrian President Bashar Assad would use chemical weapons against rebels, the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported on Wednesday.
An EU Foreign Ministry report states that the EU has become disenchanted with the Israel-Palestine peace process in its traditional format, and may try to promote the establishment of a Palestinian state independent of negotiations with Israel.
Hatnuah party chairwoman Tzipi Livni refused to state that she would not join a government with former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, who stepped down earlier this month due to impending indictments against him.
In the wake of a media confrontation between Likud and the religious Zionist Habayit Hayehudi party, and amid a drop in the ruling party's place in pre-election polls, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a meeting with members of his Likud party serving as council chairmen in the West Bank, to express his support for their settlements.
Israel's State Prosecution has settled on a plea bargain with five right-wing activists charged with tracking Israel Defense Forces' movements in an effort to prevent outpost demolitions in the West Bank.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has signed into law a new Islamist-drafted constitution he says will help end political turmoil and allow him to focus on fixing the fragile economy.
A new initiative, supported by prominent Holocaust and genocide scholars, calls on the international community to share responsibility for resolving the African refugee crisis in Israel, insisting that Israel should not be expected to carry the burden alone.