The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed / Haaretz Newsline, May 14

From the retirement of Israel’s Air Force chief, to the latest developments between Netanyahu and Abbas, sums up the top headlines from Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish World.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that the national unity government has created a new opportunity to move the peace process ahead, and pledged, for the first time in an official document, to establish a Palestinian state in line with the two-state solution.

On Monday, a senior UN nuclear watchdog official said Iran needed to give his inspectors access to information, people and sites as he began a two-day meeting with Iranian officials on the Islamic republic’s disputed atomic activities.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was questioned on Thursday by investigators of the State Comptroller's Office in connection to alleged financial improprieties over travel expenses - what has been dubbed the "Bibi-Tours" affair. It was the second such interview of Netanyahu in two months.

A Palestinian elementary school was shut down last week after Israel's Civil Administration confiscated the vehicle used to transport teachers to the school. Teachers initially tried coming to the school, located in the Jinba cave village in the southern Hebron hills, by donkey, but this proved disruptive since they were often late.

Major-General Ido Nechushtan ended his four-year term as Israel Air Force commander, leaving the IAF as prepared as can be for the military option against Iran.

Although the social protests that swept Israel last summer showed signs of coming back to life on Saturday night as thousands turned out in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square to rally under the slogan "Returning the state to its citizens," some people were disappointed with Saturday night's rally, whose participants repeatedly rejected political messages and whose own messages seemed diffused.

The inter-ministerial committee coordinating pesticide use has decided to reduce the number of pesticides permitted for use in Israel. The Health Ministry, which is spearheading the committee's efforts, made the announcement Friday following a steep rise in the number of complaints concerning exposure to harmful substances and the state comptroller's references to the issue in his annual report released last week.

Haaretz’s Yossi Sarid wrote that a bitter debate has been raging in Israel over whether the leadership in Iran is "rational" or not. The heads of the Israeli security establishment think Iran’s leaders are dangerous, certainly, but out of their minds? Not necessarily.