The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed / Haaretz Newsline, December 1

From the World Zionist Organization's plan to build new Jewish towns in the Galilee to 'balance' mostly Arab population, to surprising truth behind Hanukkah (Hint: it has nothing to do with a miraculous oil supply), Haaretz brings you the top 8 headlines you might have missed.

The World Zionist Organization's Settlement Division is formulating a plan to establish new towns in the Galilee in order to settle more Jews and achieve a demographic balance with the Arab population there.

Iranian envoys are expected to hold talks next week to start working out a "mechanism for implementation" of the interim deal struck with the six world powers.

The Israeli military lost about NIS 50 million ($14 million) worth of equipment in apparent thefts in 2012, with the figure for 2013 expected to be even higher.

Israel's Ministerial Committee on Legislation voted in favor of a proposal to grant the same tax exemptions to the children of homosexual couples as those given to heterosexual ones, reversing last week's "no" vote. 

Organizers of Saturday’s protests against a government plan to resettle 30,000 Bedouin say the police or Shin Bet security service had threatened them and warned against staging the demonstration. 

El Al CEO Eliezer Shkedy announced that he would be leaving the airline in about two months, after four year at its helm.

An Al-Qaida-linked group has confirmed that the three militants killed in the West Bank by Israeli forces last week were its members, adding that their Islamist network has finally taken root in Palestinian territory. The Palestinian Authority denies any knowledge of the presence of such groups in the West Bank. 

And, surprise: The astonishing real story of Hanukkah has nothing to do with a miraculous oil supply, and a lot to do with ousting foreign rule and slaughtering Hellenized Jews.