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

From a further decline in Ariel Sharon's health, to encrypted smartphones for Israeli security forces, Haaretz brings you the top 8 headlines you might have missed.

Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been comatose for over eight years, took a turn for the worse this week. The director general of Sheba Medical Center said Friday that Sharon's days are numbered. 

Foreign Minister Avidgor Lieberman praised the peace efforts of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who landed in Israel Thursday for his tenth visit in a year. Lieberman also warned of the dangers Israel could face following a peace agreement. 

Israel's Chief Rabbinate has doubled down on its opposition to a leading American modern Orthodox rabbi, Avi Weiss, saying it doubts “the degree of his commitment to customary and accepted” Jewish religious law.  

Hezbollah has successfully smuggled parts of an advanced missile system into Lebanon, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

A recent study showed that 50 percent of French Jews said they are considering immigrating to Israel. If immigration to Israel spikes, an expert warned, the French-Jewish community could experience an organizational crisis. 

The number of American universities to reject the American Studies Association's academic boycott of Israel has risen to 90, a Jewish umbrella group said. 

Israel refused to let a Gaza woman travel to the West Bank to care for her cancer-stricken mother because the medical report describing the mother’s condition bore the heading 'State of Palestine.' 

The Defense Ministry has signed a $100 million contract with Motorola Solutions to supply Israeli security forces with encrypted smartphones, offering calls, emails, the ability to send and receive digital media and navigation capabilities.