The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed / Haaretz Newsline, April 23

From a former Military Intelligence chief's warning that Iran's nuclear program will soon cross Netanyahu's iconic 'red line,' to Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi's agreement to halt his hunger strike in exchange for a shorter sentence, Haaretz brings you the top 8 headlines you might have missed.

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Former Military Intelligence Chief Amos Yadlin warned Tuesday that by this summer, Iran is certain to cross the "red line" that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has set for the Islamic Republic's nuclear program – a development that would put the two countries on a "collision course" by the end of the year. He further posited that Israel is capable of attacking Iran's nuclear facilities without outside assistance.

The Knesset extended Monday a temporary order – first passed in 2003 – that restricts the granting of citizenship or residency permits to West Bank and Gaza Strip-born spouses of Israeli citizens. While the law restricts all spouses coming from enemy countries, it is seen as aimed primarily against granting citizenship through marriage to partners from the Palestinian Authority.

The forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad have used chemical weapons against civilians, an Israeli Military Intelligence official said Tuesday, citing photographic evidence. 

Jewish settlers illegally staying in Hebron's Beit Ezra building have decided to evacuate the site on Tuesday after reaching the deadline set by the Supreme Court for the state to remove them. The structure belonged to a Jewish family until 1948 but was also later used by Palestinian store owners, who were recognized by the IDF as 'protected tenants' with rights to the property.

Police in a Boston suburb are investigating whether slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was involved in the unsolved murders of his close friend and two other men, both Jewish. 

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that the U.S. and Israel need to ensure that their alliance remains close, as Mideast security challenges grow more complicated. "This is a difficult and dangerous time," Hagel said before starting a closed-door meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "This is a time when friends and allies must remain close, closer than ever."

Samer Issawi, a Palestinian prisoner held by Israel, has agreed to end his months-long hunger strike in exchange for an early release, Palestinian officials told Reuters. His hunger strike had stoked weeks of street protests and concerns by Israel that his death might lead to mass unrest.

France's embassy in Libya was hit by an apparent car bomb on Tuesday, injuring two French guards and bringing violence to the capital after attacks on foreign missions in the east. 

Prime Minister Netanyahu draws a red line on a graphic of a bomb at the UN General Assembly in September 2012.Credit: Reuters