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