The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed / Haaretz Newsline, August 5

From former Pink Floyd star deflecting accusations of anti-Semitism, to U.S. senators arriving in Cairo amid an international effort to defuse the crisis in Egypt, brings you the top 8 headlines of the day.

The head of the National Security Council, Yaakov Amidror, is expected to hold a meeting Monday about the implications of the European Union’s new guidelines on boycotting Israeli research institutions that operate over the Green Line.

Former Pink Floyd star Roger Waters attempted to deflect accusations of anti-Semitism and defend his decision to use a pig-shaped balloon emblazoned with the Star of David, among other symbols, during a concert in Belgium.

A Turkish court on Monday began sentencing nearly 300 defendants accused of plotting to overthrow the government, handing prison sentences of up to 20 years to some and acquitting 21 others in a case that has exposed deep divisions in the country.

U.S. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are expected to arrive in Cairo Monday evening, amid an international effort to defuse the crisis ignited by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's downfall.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering a reform to the appointment process for the Bank of Israel governor after two nominees backed down last week, one by one, to succeed Stanley Fischer.

Western and Arab envoys visited a high-ranking member of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood in jail on Monday, the state news agency MENA reported, to press an international bid to defuse the crisis ignited by President Mohammed Morsi's downfall.

Women of the Wall and their supporters will be allowed to pray at the women’s section of the Kotel this month and will not be relegated to an area away from the wall, as they were last month, according to police.

Syrian President Bashar Assad said crushing "terrorists" must come before any political solution to end the crisis in his country, dimming hopes of an international peace conference any time soon.