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

From Pope Francis praying for Mideast peace, to Netanyahu's Christmas gaffe; Haaretz brings you the top 8 headlines you might have missed.

In first Christmas message, Pope Francis prayed for a "favourable outcome" to the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.

Prime Minister's office lashed out at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, demanding that he condemn the recent spate of terror attacks carried out by Palestinians against Israeli civilians.

The High Court on Wednesday will consider a petition demanding that nine houses illegally built on Palestinian land in the legal West Bank settlement of Ofra in 2008 be demolished.

While offering his holiday blessings to the Christians citizens of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commended them for defending the country – accidentally stopping just short of uttering the word "Jewish" state.

The brother of a Gazan who was killed by Israeli troops last Friday claims he was collecting scrap metal and plastic, and that the army fired no warning shots. 

Tel Aviv municipality gave homeless people living in a city park three weeks to dismantle their tent camp before it would be demolished.

Former New York governor Elliot Spitzer, who resigned his post in 2008 after reports he had been involved with a high-end prostitution ring, announced that he was getting a divorce.

Effie Rosenhaus, former CEO of Israel’s biggest supermarket chain Super-Sol, is likely to serve time in prison, after the Jerusalem District Court convicted him on four antitrust charges and violating the terms of a 2005 merger.