The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed / Haaretz Newsline, October 3

From the stalling of a controversial plan to build a new park bordering Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem, to a new baby elephant in Ramat Gan, Haaretz brings you the top headlines from Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish World.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday said it would be "diplomatic malpractice" not to test Iran's willingness to comply with international demands over its nuclear program.

Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz on Wednesday froze a controversial plan to create a new national park on the slopes of Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus, saying the area has no “particularly sensitive natural value.” Left-wing groups and Palestinians charge that the real purpose is to block the development of two nearby Palestinian neighborhoods

Iran's Revolutionary Guard said on Thursday that it was investigating the death of an officer in a "horrific incident," but denied media reports it was an assassination.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request by a group of Israelis to declare that they were members of the Israeli people and to allow them to change the ethnic registration on their identity cards from “Jewish” to “Israeli.”

In an interview with NBC on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei cannot be trusted because he heads a "cult" that is "wild in its ambition and aggression" adding it is a “messianic, apocalyptic, radical regime.”

Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams will be meeting Thursday for the eighth time since direct peace talks were resumed in late July, Haaretz has learned.

In the wake of a surge in sexual harassment in Be'er Sheva neighborhoods, a resourceful student has developed an interactive online map that enables victims to chart the location of the incident and pass this information on to the police anonymously.

There's a new baby elephant in Ramat Gan. The oddly-named elephant La Petite, gave birth to a newborn, two months after her daughter gave birth herself, leading to quite the family fuss in the Ramat Gan Safari.