55 percent.--Percentage of Israelis inclined to vote in favor of a peace agreement, were it brought to a national referendum.
- Settlers torch 400 olive trees near Bethlehem - Settlers set fire to over 400 olive trees in Jaba village southwest of Bethlehem on Sunday. More than 12 acres of trees were set alight by settlers from nearby Bat Ayin settlement. (Maan)
- Six settlers from Yitzhar are accused of violence against police and IDF - Last week, a police convoy waited for a stone-throwing attack; other police then emerged from a hiding place and arrested several stone throwers. Yitzhar spokesman says the settlement 'has won a number of libel suits against media groups and the Israel Police.' (Haaretz+)
- Israel's deputy foreign minister: EU directive on labeling products would sting 20,000 Palestinian families - Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin adds that the EU's new funding regime 'takes a stand on borders even before negotiations have begun.' (Haaretz+)
- German supermarket giant denies settlement boycott policy - The Dutch branch of German supermarket chain Aldi has backtracked from its stated policy of boycotting products made by Israelis in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. (Haaretz+)
- Hezbollah and Hamas rocket threat outpacing Israel's defensive capabilities, expert says - Brig. Gen. (res.) Meir Elran of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies says that as many as 1,500 short- to mid-range rockets could be launched each day in a war that would last for a month. (Haaretz+)
- Record-breaking year: Israel's military exports totaled some $7.5 billion in 2012 - Most of the exports went to Asia and the Pacific, according to the Defense Ministry; this is a significant increase compared to 2011, when the figure was only $5.8 billion. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
- UN fears humanitarian conditions in Gaza will deteriorate - Peace envoy Serry tells Security Council closure of most tunnels used to smuggle goods from Egypt to Strip led to 'serious shortages of fuel and basic building materials.' (Agencies, Ynet)
- Ex-Animals singer Eric Burdon cancels concert in Israel, citing threats - Burdon was scheduled to perform in Israel on August 1, but his manager says he has been receiving daily emails pressuring him not to go ahead with the concert. (Haaretz)
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