The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed / November 12

From the Syrian-Israeli exchanges of fire entering their second day, to a report that every third Israeli woman falls victim to sexual assault, Haaretz Newsline brings you today's top headlines you might have missed.

The IDF reports a 'direct hit' on Syrian target, after an errant mortar shell fired from Syria landed near an Israeli town in the Golan Heights on Monday, for the second time in two days..

Defense Minister Ehud Barak has agreed to advance a plan to expand the Itamar settlement to five times its size by adding 538 homes, according to documents obtained by Haaretz.

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip continued to fire rockets at southern Israel on Monday, despite the efforts of Egyptian intelligence officials to mediate between Israel and Hamas to reach a cease-fire agreement that would put an end to the cross-border escalation.

Israeli Arabs are a burden on the state, Knesset Member Faina Kirshenbaum (Likud-Beiteinu) said Monday. "The Arabs are an economic burden on the state. They barely pay taxes and receive enormous budgets from the state," Kirshenbaum told a German-Israeli sister cities conference held in Jerusalem.

Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin gave the go-ahead for Operation Bramble Bush, a military mission to assassinate Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, and instructed the Israel Defense Force to advance preparations preceding the mission, according to secret protocols of the operation that are currently being revealed.

In Hamas-ruled Gaza, violent dispersal of women protesters inspires governmental qualms and leads to an inquest. In the West Bank, however, under Israel's military rule, a violent break-up of demonstrations ends in arbitrary arrest.

According to a report, every third Israeli woman falls victim to sexual assault, as violence against single women rises nearly 20-fold since 2003, a Public Security Ministry report finds.

At special Haaretz event at the General assembly in Baltimore, controversial American Jewish author Peter Beinart said that "President Obama believes that if the American Jewish community, in tandem with the Israeli government, are dead set on driving off a cliff towards a one-state solution, it is not his job to lay down on the train tracks and sacrifice his political career in order to stop them.”