The top 8 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, December 30
From a High Court ruling allowing Israeli Arab MK Hanin Zuabi to run in the upcoming election, to the evacuation of a West Bank outpost, Haaretz sums up the top headlines from Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish World.
Israel's High Court ruled on Sunday that Balad MK Hanin Zuabi will be able to run in the upcoming Israeli elections, rejecting a decision by Israel's Central Elections Committee to disqualify the Israeli Arab MK over her involvement in the Gaza flotilla in May 2010.
President Shimon Peres on Sunday strongly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on their handling of the Palestinian issue.
Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was formally indicted on Sunday morning. Lieberman has been charged for fraud and breach of trust for his alleged involvement in Ze'ev Ben Aryeh's appointment to the post of ambassador to Latvia, after Ben Aryeh passed on confidential information concerning an investigation against Lieberman in Belarus.
Jordan says it is prepared to deal with any potential chemical weapon threat posed by the ongoing violence in neighboring Syria, but adds it will not enter "any alliance" to protect itself.
The Israel Defense Forces completed the evacuation of the West Bank outpost Oz Tzion overnight Saturday, after 200 or so young people who came on Friday with the intention of stopping the community's evacuation left voluntarily.
Islamist-led Egypt allowed building materials into Gaza via the Rafah crossing on Saturday for the first time since Hamas seized control of the Palestinian enclave in 2007, an Egyptian border official said.
Lakhdar Brahimi, the international peace envoy for Syria said the situation in the country was deteriorating sharply but a solution was still possible under the terms of a peace plan agreed to in Geneva last June.
According to a study conducted by Molad, the Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy, Israel's advocacy effort has become one of the world's most efficient and productive, but Israel nevertheless suffers from an image problem - which is rather a product of the Israeli government's policies.