The top 8 headlines you might have missed / Haaretz Newsline, July 23
From the Pentagon estimating that military intervention in Syria could cost a billion dollars a day, to the European Union's pursuit of a new set of guidelines for labeling settlement products, Haaretz brings you the top 8 headlines you might have missed.
The Pentagon has provided Congress with the first list of detailed options for military intervention in Syria, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. The scenarios were presented in a letter by chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, and enumerate that strikes on Syrian military targets will costs billions of dollars.
A security guard fatally shot two people, a father and his daughter, at a law office in the Clal building on Jaffa Road in central Jerusalem. The motive for the killing remains unclear.
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt took his disdain for of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government or of the Israeli occupation a step further recently when he refused to acknowledge that the Israeli government sits in Jerusalem. "Excellent news that there will be a resumption of peace talks between Tel Aviv and Ramallah. EU supports," he tweeted on Friday.
Talks between the Israeli and Palestinian finance ministries have been renewed over the last month, predating U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's revival of a chance at peace negotiations by several weeks. Sources close to the negotiations say that both Palestinian Authority representatives and officials at international organization are urging Israel to give the Palestinians control over customs.
An inside look at the European Union's decision to list Hezbollah's military wing as a terrorist organization reveals that the measure is the fruit of a lengthy diplomatic, legal and intelligence campaign waged jointly by Israel, Britain, the United States, the Netherlands and Canada. The campaign was launched after the bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria, last July, which killed five Israeli tourists and one Bulgarian.
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is seeking to draft comprehensive guidelines on labeling settlement products by the end of this year, she told several senior EU officials last week. "The guidelines could be adopted as a nonbinding Commission Notice and published in the Official Journal of the EU before the end of 2013," Ashton wrote.
Haredi lawmakers tore their clothes as a sign of mourning and held a special prayer service on Tuesday morning after the Knesset approved Yesh Atid’s military draft reform on its first reading. MK Meir Porush (United Torah Judaism) also handcuffed himself to the microphone as he spoke from the Knesset podium.
Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, has come out in support of Rabbi David Stav for Israel's chief rabbi, adding that he is concerned the Chief Rabbinate may continue to alienate Jews who have undergone Modern-Orthodox conversion in the United States. Rabbi Stav, a religious Zionist Orthodox rabbi and chairman of the Tzohar rabbinical association, is among the candidates to become Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel.
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