The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed / Haaretz Newsline, December 12

From top Labor Party candidates saying election campaign must discuss the Palestinian issue, to both Israel and Iran holding army bases in Eritrea. brings you the top 8 headlines of the day.

Hatnuah Chairwoman Tzipi Livni on Wednesday blasted Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman for comparing the EU’s Israel policy to the behavior of European countries toward the Jews during the Holocaust. "Comparing Israel's situation today to the Holocaust is contempt for the Holocaust," she said.

With the Labor's drop in opinion polls, top party candidates are frustrated with chairwoman Yacimovich's decision push toward the center of the political map, saying its election campaign must also discuss the Palestinian issue.


Israel and Iran are both holding military bases in Eritrea on the shore of the Red Sea, global intelligence company Stratfor reported on Tuesday.

Up to 200 members of President Bashar Assad's Alawite minority were injured or killed in an attack on their central Syrian village on Tuesday, activists said.

Israeli nurses to ease their strike over the next two days after more than a week of protest. "A hiatus in the strike was decided upon in order to ease suffering of the patients," Ilana Cohen, chairwoman of the nurse union said.

Poland's under-secretary of state refused to meet with Israel's ambassador in Warsaw, in the first such a diplomatic incident between the two nations. Criticism toward Israel has grown in the Polish media after Haaretz reported that Palestinian watering holes, which were repaired by Polish volunteers, were destroyed by Israel.

Vandals spray-painted early overnight Tuesday hate graffiti on the walls of the Monastery of the Cross in Jerusalem and on a car that was parked nearby, and slashed the tires of three vehicles. Mayor Nir Barkat admonished the vandals and instructed city employees to remove the graffiti immediately.

A Haifa gas station is trying out a mix of gasoline and methanol, in experiment that could yield big savings for Israeli drivers.