The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed / Haaretz Newsline, December 20

From UN security council condemnation of Israel's West Bank construction plans, to the appointment of 5 Yemeni Jews to that nation's National Dialogue Conference, Haaretz sums up the top headlines from Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish World.

Fourteen members of the UN Security Council on Wednesday condemned Israel for advancing construction plans in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the council’s European Union members issued a statement saying these plans undermine their faith in Israel’s willingness to negotiate.

United Nations human rights investigators warned Thursday that fighters from around the world have filtered into Syria to join a civil war that has split along sectarian lines, increasingly pitting the ruling Alawite community against the majority Sunni Muslims.

Senior Jordanian officials warn that advanced weaponry continues to flow into the hands of Salafist and Jihadist organizations in Syria, who are gradually taking over the rebellion against the regime of Bashar Assad.

The Jerusalem municipality is constructing a highway running through the Arab neighborhood of Beit Safafa, cutting the pastoral area in the south of the city into two.

Amid Israel’s increasing isolation following the UN vote on Palestine and Jerusalem’s controversial plans for new settlement construction, Australia’s prime minister-hopeful says he intends to adopt a staunchly pro-Israel posture similar to Canada's if he wins next year’s election.

The Nazareth District Court last week rejected a request from three Israeli Arabs pursuing a billion-shekel class-action suit to seek compensation for humiliating inspections at Ben Gurion International Airport.

Five members of the Jewish community in Yemen have been appointed to the country's National Dialogue Conference. The conference is set to discuss constitutional reforms that would open the door to elections for president and parliament in 2014.

A Los-Angeles area synagogue, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, fell victim to several bomb threats on Tuesday, according to the synagogue’s executive director.