The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed / Haaretz Newsline, January 1

From a collective punishment accusation by East Jerusalem villagers to a last minute U.S. Senate vote on the fiscal cliff crisis, Haaretz brings you the top headlines you might have missed.

Israel Police and residents of the East Jerusalem village Issawiya have been engaged in constant clashes over the last month: Up to 50 Palestinian villagers have been arrested during that time, and residents claim that the police and other Israeli authorities have been subjecting them to collective punishments.

Israel's national security adviser told more than 100 senior Israeli ambassadors and diplomats on Monday that if they did not agree with the diplomacy of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, they should either "quit or go into politics."

The White House reached agreement with congressional Republicans late Monday on a deal to prevent across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts to government programs set to take effect at midnight, according to administration and Senate Democratic officials.

Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon has been a senior minister in Netanyahu's outgoing government. He answers questions about what lies ahead, and how Netanyahu's next government will deal with the numerous challenges Israel is likely to face if Likud-Beiteinu wins the elections.

There is as yet no proof that Syrian government forces have used chemical weapons against the opposition, Western intelligence services say.

Two major American Jewish groups are at odds over the prospect of penalties for the Palestinians in the wake of their enhanced United Nations status.

Iran's navy issued dozens of warnings to foreign planes and warships that approached its forces during a five-day sea maneuver near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a semi-official news agency reported Tuesday.

A Senate report has found that the White House did not make major changes in the script that the Obama administration officials used after the attack on U.S.­ diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.