The Top 7 Headlines You Might Have Missed / Haaretz Newsline, October 2

From the plunge in value of Iranian currency, to efforts from among Reform and Conservative Jewish leaders in Israel to offset ultra-Orthodox political power, Haaretz brings you the top headlines from Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish World.

Iran expects its security services to root out speculators who are to blame for a plunge of the rial to record lows, a minister said on Tuesday, after the currency lost about a third of its value in the past week.

In an effort to serve as a counterweight to the ultra-Orthodox parties, representatives of non-Orthodox Jewish movements and secular Jewish learning programs are actively seeking political power, with some even considering running for places on party slates.

Zakaria Zubeidi, Jenin chief of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades during the second intifada, was released on Sunday night on bail from the Palestinian Authority's Jericho prison after five months in custody. Zubeidi was indicted last week on suspicion of taking part in the shooting attack on Jenin Governor Kadura Musa.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will hold a series of meetings with his coalition partners this week and next to see if agreement can be reached on the massive budget cuts he deems necessary for next year.  Problems in reaching agreement could very likely lead to early elections. Officially, elections aren't supposed to take place until October 2013.

In a surprise move, American-Israeli electric car company Better Place announced on Tuesday that its founder Shai Agassi would be replaced as CEO by Evan Thornley, the current CEO of Better Place Australia.

The water of the Jordan River, debilitated by waste and intensely utilized for agriculture, may finally become cleaner thanks to steps now being taken by the governments of Israel and Jordan.

Stormy weather greeted the first day of Sukkot Monday, causing power outages from the Haifa Bay area to as far south as Yavneh. Winds gusted up to 60 kilometers an hour in some areas.