The top 8 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, February 14
From the latest in the Prisoner X affair, to an Iranian plan to purchase materials that could be used to advance its nuclear intentions, Haaretz brings you the top headlines from Israel, The Middle East, and the Jewish World.
Australian Ben Zygier – better known as “Prisoner X” who apparently committed suicide in December 2010 in Yigal Amir’s purpose-built, suicide-proof cell – confided to at least two friends that he had been recruited by Mossad, Haaretz has revealed.
Iran recently attempted to purchase tens of thousands of highly specialized magnets used in centrifuge machines, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. The attempted acquisition indicates that the country is "planning a major expansion of its nuclear program that could shorten the path to an atomic weapons capability," said the Post.
Vandals spray painted malicious graffiti in the Muslim Mamila Cemetery in central Jerusalem on Thursday morning in the latest "price tag" attack. The messages "death to Arabs" and "Mohammed is dead" were painted on the tombstones, as well as 30 Stars of David.
Senate Republicans are threatening to stonewall Chuck Hagel's nomination to be President Barack Obama's defense secretary unless the White House gives them more information about what Obama was doing on the night of the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
An Israeli court appeals committee instructed the Defense Ministry on Wednesday to compensate a 3-year-old girl who lost her mother's female partner, a prison guard, in the Carmel fire some two years ago. The decision recognized the late Faviola Bohadana, a woman who had been living with the girl’s biological mother, Rahel Algavassi, for five years prior to her death in December 2010, as the girl’s step-parent − something the Defense Ministry had refused to do.
An Iranian official who was assassinated Wednesday night while returning from Damascus to Beirut likely had a dual identity, according to Lebanese and Western sources.
The Turkish conglomerate Zorlu Group has been working in recent months to convince the Israeli government and the Leviathan gas field partners to approve energy exports to Turkey, TheMarker has learned.
Ari Folman, the Israeli filmmaker who stunned audiences with his animated documentary about Israel's First Lebanon War, will soon release a new film based on a novel by Polish sci-fi writer Stanislaw Lem.