The top 8 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, May 19
From Netanyahu's vow to prevent weapons from reaching Hezbollah, to the European Union's deferment of the decision to label products from Israeli settlements, Haaretz brings you the top 8 headlines you might have missed.
Israel is the world's largest exporter of unmanned aircraft, in terms of the number of systems sold, a study has found. According to research conducted by the business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, over the last eight years Israel has exported $4.6 billion worth of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Sunday that Israel will prevent advanced weapons from being sent from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Netanyahu has also denied a report claiming that Israel prefers the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad to stay in power than see a takeover of the country by rebel Islamist militants.
Meanwhile, The Sunday Times reported that Syria is making preparations to strike Tel Aviv in case Israel launches another attack on its territory. The Syrian army has reportedly begun deploying advanced surface-to-surface missiles with orders to strike central Israel in case additional attacks against Syria are carried out.
At the United States' behest, the European Union has delayed fully enforcing its decision to label products from West Bank settlements in European stores.
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has ordered the state to remove the empty structures at the Migron outpost in the next few days. Residents of the illegal outpost were evacuated in 2012, but the structures – around 50 prefabricated homes – remained intact. The settlers, who were moved to a nearby site, had hoped to return.
Close friends of Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife Sara appeared on Israeli television Saturday night to rebut the widespread public criticism over the spending of public funds for personal expenses. "The Netanyahus don't live extravagantly. Their lives are very modest," Attorney Yossi Cohen told Channel 2.
The Israeli economy cannot thrive without ultra-Orthodox Jews and Israel's Arabs being more fully integrated into the workforce, the National Economic Council has warned.