The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed / Haaretz Newsline, May 3

The latest polls show Netanyahu will serve a second term as PM, while the United Methodist Church votes to reject an initiative to divest from companies that do business with Israel. sums up the top headlines from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

According to the latest Haaretz-Dialog poll, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to win the upcoming Israeli elections, set for September 4. Netanyahu got 48 percent support, while his closest rival, Shelly Yachimovich got only 15 percent. Next came Avigdor Lieberman with nine percent, and finally Shaul Mofaz with six percent.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is scheduled to fly in to Jerusalem on Wednesday, to give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a rundown of developments in nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers, ahead of the second round of talks, which will begin May 23 in Baghdad. The meeting is apparently an effort to prevent Israel from speaking out publicly against the talks.

Netanyahu - Emil Salman - May 3, 2012
Emil Salman

A majority of delegates at the plenary of the general conference of the United Methodist Church that convened in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday rejected an initiative to divest from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions and Hewlett-Packard, companies that trade with Israel. 

A military criminal investigation over the deaths of the 21 Gazans in the strike on the Samouni home during Operation Cast Lead revealed mistakes in the judgment of then-Givati Brigade commander Col. Ilan Malka. However, the military prosecution announced that Malka acted ‘within reason’ and closed the case.

The Prison Service agreed to pay NIS 1.2 million to the family of an Islamic Jihad member shot fatally by guards during a riot touched off by a controversial 2007 search at Ketziot security prison.

Authorities in the United States accused a divorced Palestinian man of illegally moving his three children from their home in Kansas to his native Gaza without the consent of their mother.

Two German researchers who specialize in cultural economics claim one’s place of birth bears a great influence on their level of hatred toward Jews (and foreigners in general).

Two Jerusalem men were charged with stealing rare, ancient Judaic books, estimated to be worth tens of thousands of dollars, from the Gershom Shalom Hall in the Jerusalem library, where the Judaism and kabbala books are kept.