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Cabinet to discuss cutting retirement age to previous level

The cabinet will debate on Sunday a proposal to reduce retirement age to what it used to be - 60 for women and 65 for men. Finance Minister Roni Bar-On is expected to object, but Industry, Trade and Employment Minister Eli Yishai said he would support the bill, initiated by MK Amnon Cohen (Shas). Around 30 MKs, some of them from the governing coalition, have signed in support of the bill. (Ruth Sinai)

One dead after hit by truck in Ramat Gan

A Ramat Gan woman was killed in a traffic accident yesterday while crossing the street. Zipporah Krengel, 73, was hit by a truck while crossing Haroe Street in Ramat Gan. She was killed instantly and police detained the driver for questioning. In another accident nearby a pedestrian, aged 60, was run over by a car while crossing Negba Street. He was seriously injured and taken to Sheba Medical Center. (Roni Singer-Heruti)

Anita Shapira, Benjamin Isaac win Israel Prize

The Israel Prize for History for 2008 will be awarded to Tel Aviv University professors Benjamin Isaac and Anita Shapira. Shapira researches 20th century Jewish and Israeli history, and Isaac explores Roman history with a focus on the eastern provinces of the empire. The selection panel wrote that Shapira "is one of the most important and influential historians in her field." It wrote that Isaac's research "is being carried out through an in-depth and fresh investigation of the sources that often results in conclusions that are different from those traditionally held in the field." (Tamara Traubmann)

IAF's Eshel to head IDF planning

Brigadier General Amir Eshel, 49, will be the next chief of planning at the General Staff, with the rank of Major General. Eshel, a fighter pilot, will replace Ido Nechushtan in the post. Nechushtan was appointed head of the air force last week. Eshel had also been a candidate to head the air force, but in the end Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi opted for Nechushtan, who is two years older. This ensures that the two officers will stay in the military longer. Eshel's promotion to Major General places him in a position to be appointed air force chief in four years. (Amos Harel)

Morocco uncovers terror ring planning attacks on local Jews

Morocco says it has dismantled a terrorist network plotting to assassinate Jews, cabinet ministers, army officers in the North African kingdom. The official MAP news agency reported Wednesday night that the North African kingdom also banned an Islamist political party, Al Badil Al Hadari, because some members were linked to the network. The network apparently raised funds through holdups and jewelry thefts in Europe. MAP said authorities discovered a vast stash of weapons while dismantling the cell, which they believe is linked to Al-Qaeda and local terror groups. In May 2003, at least 41 people were killed and scores injured when suicide bombers struck Morocco's biggest city, Casablanca, targeting a synagogue and a Spanish club. (Associated Press)