The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed / Haaretz Newsline, August 25

From an impending American attack on Syria to the preparation of the Western Wall for the new Jewish year, read the top 8 headlines you might have missed.

The United States and France both said that there was strong evidence to indicate that Syrian President Bashar Assad indeed used chemical weapons in deadly attacks near Damascus last week.

The likelihood is increasing of an American strike on Syria as a targeted retaliation against the Assad regime for the use of chemical weapons in the Damascus area last week, according to assessments in Israel based on U.S. President Barack Obama’s statements over the past few days.

Americans strongly oppose U.S. intervention in Syria's civil war and believe Washington should stay out of the conflict even if reports that Syria's government used deadly chemicals to attack civilians are confirmed, a Reuters/Ipsos poll says.

Three leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and the movement's former archenemy Hosni Mubarak faced separate trials on Sunday on similar charges of involvement in the killing of protesters.

Israel’s cabinet secretary is expected to present a plan today that aims to resolve the ongoing dispute over the rights of non-Orthodox Jews, including women, to pray at the Western Wall according to their customs.

Jerusalem's Western Wall was cleared of notes sent to God by worshippers, making room for new pleads-on-paper to be put into the cracks of the ancient stones.

More than 16,000 Israeli elementary and junior-high students go to schools with the lowest scores on the nationwide achievement tests in 2011 and 2012, according to research carried out by TheMarker. Most of these low-performing institutions are in the Arab and national-religious school networks in the north and south of the country, in Israel's poorest communities.

About half of 16- and 17-year-old students support the abolition of all matriculation exams (bagrut), a Haaretz polls has found.