The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed: Haaretz Newsline, December 29

From Israel approving the release of 26 Palestinians prisoners to a huge spike in immigration from France, Haaretz brings you the top 8 headlines you might have missed.

The Ministerial Committee for Prisoner Releases approved late Saturday night the release of 26 Palestinians who were imprisoned before the Oslo Accords, as part of the diplomatic process being conducted with the Palestinians.

American Jewish leaders have gone on the defensive as the American public appears entirely uninterested in a confrontation with Iran. The Islamic Republic could seize on the new sanctions bill to drive a wedge between the Israel lobby and the U.S. public. 

At least five Katyusha rockets were fired from Lebanon at northern Israel on Sunday, one of which exploded inside of Israeli territory. No casualties or damage were reported.

The number of Jewish immigrants moving to Israel from the United States and the United Kingdom dropped in 2013, but a huge spike in immigration from France, which for the first time surpassed immigration from the U.S., offset the drop and kept the number of new arrivals to the country more-or-less steady, the figures published Sunday show.

Arab parties plan to fight a right-wing bid to squeeze them out of Knesset through an increase in the electoral threshold. Israeli Arab political figures said the move could backfire on the right because Arab parties would likely unite to and increase the parliamentary presence. 

A Haaretz investigation into the history of complaints by residents West bank village of Burin to the police about attacks by Israelis has shown complaints of settler violence are going unheard. Turning to Israeli police and army rarely has rarely lead to indictments.

The social protests that erupted in the summer of 2011 may return to the streets next year because of the recent spate of job losses, Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino told a conference of criminal lawyers in Eilat on Friday.

Public hospital directors took the Health Ministry to task Thursday over its recent directive stipulating that doctors cannot charge extra for treating foreign medical tourists than they receive for treating Israelis.