The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed / Haaretz Newsline, July 5

From a former CIA chief’s plea for Jonathan Pollard’s release, to Guns N’ Roses playing in Tel Aviv, Haaretz sums up the top headlines from Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish World.

Convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard must be released, former CIA chief R. James Woolsey wrote in a letter to the editor sent to the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, arguing that one reason Pollard has remained in prison for as long as he has was that he was an American Jew.

The State Prosecutor's Office reached a plea bargain with an Haaretz journalist Uri Blau, suspected of possessing classified Israel Defense Forces documents on Thursday, a little over a month after the state announced its intention to indict him.

The WikiLeaks website began publishing what it said was millions of documents linked to the inner workings of the Syria regime on Thursday, amid continued sectarian violence that has torn the country apart for over a year.

A Ghanaian man who has lived in Israel for 14 years reported on Wednesday that he was forced to wait for a doctor for his sick baby while locked in a room at Dana Children's Hospital in Tel Aviv.

An El-Al flight heading from London to Tel Aviv was forced to perform an emergency landing in Heathrow airport on Thursday, after one of its engines caught fire minutes following takeoff.

Switzerland said it was freezing arms exports to the United Arab Emirates after a media report said a Swiss-made hand grenade originally shipped to the Gulf state had been found in Syria.

Israeli researchers have identified a natural protein that protects brain cells from Parkinson's disease, a breakthrough that advances the chance of developing new ways to treat or prevent the incurable degenerative disease.

Midway into a terrible, hollow performance in Tel Aviv, rock icons Guns N' Roses finally woke up to provide some pleasant nostalgia for the glory days.