NEWS

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KADIMA CHAIR Tzipi Livni was for­mally granted a 14-day ex­ten­sion by Pres­i­dent Shi­mon Peres to form her new gov­ern­ment. Her ini­tial 28-day win­dow ex­pired on Mon­day. If she fails to form a new coali­tion, elec­tions are likely within 90 days.

AKKO MAYOR Shi­mon Lan­cry said that his mu­nic­i­pal­ity will pe­ti­tion the High Court of Jus­tice if the gov­ern­ment does not pro­vide com­pen­sa­tion for the vic­tims of five days of ri­ot­ing in the north­ern city which started on Yom Kip­pur. Dozens of homes, shops and cars were dam­aged dur­ing the un­rest.

STRICTLY OR­THO­DOX Jews threw stones at a rub­bish lorry driven by an Arab worker in Jerusalem. Else­where, six Arabs were in­jured in a fight with a group of young Jews. In Tel Aviv, six teenage boys aged 17 to 19 were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of fire­bomb­ing two houses be­long­ing to Arabs in the Hatikva neigh­bour­hood.

THE FOR­EIGN Min­istry is con­sid­er­ing an ini­tia­tive that would cre­ate a non-ag­gres­sion pact with Le­banon to avoid re­newed fric­tion along the north­ern bor­der. The deal would be signed by both gov­ern­ments and fea­ture a bi­lat­eral agree­ment on the route of the bor­der, in­clud­ing a so­lu­tion on sev­eral dis­puted ar­eas, as well as co-or­di­na­tion be­tween the armies of both coun­tries.

A TEL Aviv court re­manded Shai Si­mon, 27, in cus­tody for five days af­ter po­lice said he was one of the sus­pects in a hit-and-run in­ci­dent in cen­tral Tel Aviv on Fri­day. The sec­ond sus­pect, Shalom Yemini, 35, turned him­self in to po­lice on Sun­day. Meital Aharon­son, 27, of Her­zliya, was knocked down and killed near Rabin Square.

DE­FENCE MIN­IS­TER Ehud Barak said that the Is­raeli lead­er­ship was giv­ing se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion to pur­su­ing the Saudi peace plan, which en­vis­ages a com­pre­hen­sive peace in re­turn for the end of the oc­cu­pa­tion. “We have a mu­tual in­ter­est with moderate Arab el­e­ments on the is­sues of Iran, Hizbol­lah and Ha­mas,” the Labour leader told Army Ra­dio.

A 46-YEAR-OLD Holon man was ar­rested

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