The Top 8 Headlines You May Have Missed / Haaretz Newsline, April 25

From IDF Memorial Day to Franz Kafka’s stolen manuscripts, Haaretz sums up the latest news from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

Israel marked Memorial Day with a two minute long siren, during which citizens throughout the country stood still to remember fallen soldiers.

In an interview with Haaretz, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz claims that he believes Iran will not develop nuclear weapons, as international sanctions on the Islamic republic are starting to work.

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Reports indicate that the Palestinian Authority has been blocking websites critical of President Mahmoud Abbas. The blocked websites focus on internal Palestinian matters, and some are even considered to be close to Muhammad Dahlan, a Palestinian politician and former chief of the Preventive Security Force in Gaza, who is considered a rival of Abbas.

New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman wrote in his blog that the policies of the current “narrow minded” Israeli government “are basically a gradual long-run form of national suicide.” Krugman further noted that that he has refrained from commenting on Israel out of fear of the potential Jewish reaction.

Hebrew newspaper Sha'ar La'matchil (“a gate for beginners”), which provided news in easy Hebrew for new immigrants, will no longer be published due to a “bureaucratic failure” by government officials.

Tehran’s former chief nuclear negotiator says Iran and major nations have a "historic opportunity" to settle their decade-old nuclear dispute, but that requiring Iran to stop higher-grade uranium enrichment would be discriminatory.

Israel’s Supreme Court allowed Ethiopian Israelis keep their protest tent up outside the Prime Minister's Residence for another month, describing as "petty" the Jerusalem municipality's request to dismantle the tent immediately.

The Israeli police unit that investigates major international crimes is looking into whether invaluable German manuscripts of author Franz Kafka were stolen from the home of Eva Hoffe, the daughter of Esther Hoffe, who was the secretary of Kafka friend and publisher Max Brod.