Analysis

For IDF, the deal offers window to focus on more immediate battles

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 21, 2016

It took a rare public lecture by the IDF Chief of Staff, General Gadi Eisenkot for the Israeli security establishment's view of the Iranian nuclear deal to finally be aired.

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Signed: new lease of life for Mid East's No 1 war machine

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, January 21, 2016

It was not last summer's rollercoaster, when Iran and six world powers clinched a deal to end the decade-long impasse over Tehran's nuclear programme. But the announcement, last weekend, that Iran had fulfilled its obligations under the deal, paving the way for the lifting of international sanctions, was not without its drama.

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£3bn Arab plan could change Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 14, 2016

The NIS 15 billion (£2.64 bn), five-year plan recently authorised by the Israeli government for the Arab sector could go a long way towards closing historical gaps between Jewish and Arab communities in Israel. However, bureaucratic and political obstacles stand in the way of its effective implementation.

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Saudi-Iran standoff will fuel Syrian fire

By John R Bradley, January 7, 2016

Terrified at the prospect of an economically resurgent, potentially nuclear-armed Iran and a looming Shia-led uprising in its own oil-rich Eastern Province, Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia this week executed its leading Shia cleric, Sheik Nimr al-Nimr.

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US has caved in to Russia over Assad and Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 6, 2016

The closing weeks of 2015 have seen the first signs of a potential power-shift over the Syrian war.

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Even Israeli right knows the NGO law cannot pass

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 6, 2016

Like similar pieces of legislation proposed in recent years by right-wing politicians, the new NGO "transparency" bill, approved on Sunday by the ministerial legislative committee, is unlikely to ever become law.

It is simply another shot across the bows of Israel's human rights advocacy community, much of which is funded through grants from European governments.

The law would force organisa

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Iran gets ‘clearance’ but still not credible

By Tim Marshall, December 26, 2015

The way the Iranians tell it, it's a done deal. In the light of the International Atomic Energy Agency closing its file on the "Possible Military Dimensions" of Iran's nuclear programme, sanctions are about to be lifted. If so, Iran will become even more politically and economically powerful in the Middle East.

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We put our reputations on the line. This is why

By Richard Kemp, December 16, 2015

The High Level Military Group's (HLMG) findings on the 2014 Gaza conflict were the diametric opposite of those of the UN Human Rights Council, human rights groups and the majority of Western media, all of whom believe Israel used disproportionate force and committed war crimes. Why?

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Proposed admissions changes have only upped the uncertainty

By Simon Rocker, December 10, 2015

There have been few more emotive subjects over the past year than school admissions, as competition for Jewish school places grows.

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Hizbollah boosted as focus shifts to Daesh

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 26, 2015

The elevation of Daesh in the wake of the Paris attacks to Global Enemy Number One has mixed implications for Israel.

It means that the ongoing wave of Palestinian attacks will be starved of international attention. Whether this will dampen down the flames or fuel Palestinian desperation remains to be seen.

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