Analysis

Oslo buried as Abbas launches diplomatic war

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 8, 2015

There is one thing that the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority can agree on at this point.

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Hamas deny Qatari expulsion of Mashal

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 8, 2015

Whether or not the media reports on the expulsion of Hamas political leader Khaled Mashal from Qatar were accurate, it is clear now that things are less hospitable for the Islamist movement in the emirate which, until not long ago, was its main supporter.

A CNN report on Monday based on "sources close to Hamas" said that Mashal, along with seven members of Hamas's parent organisation, the Egypt

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Palestinian move to prosecute Israelis for war crimes will get them nowhere

By Robbie Sabel, January 8, 2015

Political leaders are, like all humans, subject to feelings of revenge, anger and frustration.

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Intifada may not be far off, poll suggests

By Uri Dromi, January 8, 2015

Earlier this week, Dr Halil Shikaki, Director of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research, addressed the Jerusalem Press Club.

Dr Shikaki, who has been polling Palestinian public opinion since 1993, shared with the journalists the findings of three polls he had conducted since the end of the war in Gaza.

Dr Shikaki spoke softly, but his message was scary.

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Bibi bounces after primaries punish rivals

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 8, 2015

Monday was the best day so far in this election campaign for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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More entry rules trouble for schools

By Simon Rocker, December 23, 2014

Yet another Jewish school has been forced to tear up its entry policy after the government’s regulator ruled it unacceptable.

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) has now ordered the Hasmonean High School in London to make changes, just days after its decision against the King David High School in Manchester.

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Prepare to be wooed as polling day approaches

By Marcus Dysch, December 18, 2014

How do you know an election is on the way?

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Could Herzog haul Labour back to top?

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

Israel's Labour Party has rarely seen such a demonstration of unity in recent years.

For an hour on Sunday evening, those sitting on the party's central committee hid their reservations over the agreement party leader Yitzhak Herzog had reached with former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.

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Architects rebuilding

By Marcus Dysch, December 11, 2014

As damage limitation exercises go, Riba's unexpected U-turn on its Israel policy may prove to be too little, too late.

There were a number of factors behind the decision announced by the institute's president, Stephen Hodder, but whether remorse was among them remains unclear.

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Power couple who may yet lead Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

On Monday night, the Knesset overwhelmingly voted to dissolve itself, putting paid to the theories of a last-minute, alternative coalition.

Elections on March 17, 2015 are now unavoidable, and the next few weeks will be focused on primaries, alliance-building and selecting candidates as each party scrambles to build a list it hopes will be attractive to the Israeli voters.

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