The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed / Haaretz Newsline, July 17

From Netanyahu trying to postpone EU directive on settlement ban to U.K. lawmakers urging caution in arms exports to Israel, Haaretz brings you the top 8 headlines you might have missed.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asks European leaders to help postpone the official release of the new EU guidelines concerning cooperation with Israel. The new directive requires EU countries to exclude Israeli settlements in the West Bank from any agreement signed with Israel.

Fearing the reaction of settlers, the Israeli army is failing to enforce planning and construction laws in the West Bank, State Comptroller Joseph Shapira wrote in a new report.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon postpones the approval of 300 new residential units in isolated West Bank settlements. A Civil Administration committee member says decision was likely due to Israel-EU tensions and John Kerry's peace efforts.

Israeli soldiers continued scouring the Israel-Syria border following an exchange of gunfire with unidentified forces in the area Tuesday night.

British lawmakers urge the government to exercise caution in arms exports to countries where the U.K. has concerns about human rights, including China, Iran, Iraq and Israel.

Jerusalem police have launched an investigation after the tires of 12 cars of Jewish residents of the Abu Tor neighborhood had been slashed overnight. Abu Tor, located in south Jerusalem, is a mixed neighborhood, home to both Jews and Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem.

Meretz Knesset member petitions the High Court of Justice to disqualify Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu as a candidate for Israel's Sephardi chief rabbi. Eliyahu has been criticized over anti-Arab statements attributed to him.

Teva Pharmaceuticals, Israel Chemicals, and Check Point received a total of NIS 15.7 billion in tax breaks between 2006 and 2010, according to Tax Authority data released Tuesday under court order.