The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed / Haaretz Newsline, January 24

From Haaretz's post-election analysis, to a meeting of defense officials on chemical weapons in Syria; Haaretz brings you the top 8 headlines you might have missed.

Final elections results are in. After counting the 217,000 double-sealed envelope ballots used by soldiers, patients in hospitals, and others , Kadima is in the Knesset, and Habayit Hayehudi gets 12 seats as United Arab List-Ta'al shrinks to 4 four.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a special meeting of defense officials to discuss the civil war in Syria on Wednesday, with particular emphasis on Syria’s chemical weapons supply.

Former Defense Minister Ehud Barak told CNN in an interview Wednesday that the Israeli government's disregard of the demands made by social justice protesters contributed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's failure, and the subsequent rise of Yair Lapid, in the general election on Tuesday.

UTJ may not enter a coalition government that focuses on military service and other state-and-religion issues with Yair Lapid, but nevertheless, the party has been strengthened. For the first time ever, the ultra-Orthodox community’s growth has been translated into votes; the party has won seven Knesset seats.

Among the environmental crises to confront Israel in the coming years, the transportation crisis might be the worst. At a recent conference held by the NGO Transportation Today and Tomorrow, the Transportation Ministry presented data that reflect the country's urgent need for efficient mass transit.

Arab parties summed up the elections with feelings of both success and missed opportunity. All three parties got more votes, but Arab citizens feel they still could have had higher voter turnout.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice objected Wednesday to the Palestinians' latest bid to capitalize on their upgraded UN status when their foreign minister spoke at Security Council while seated behind a nameplate that read "State of Palestine.

New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind praised police officers on Tuesday for locating a Torah scroll worth $30,000 that went missing when the car it was in was stolen.