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Israel holds off as Hamas reins in Isis

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 10, 2015

Israel is officially holding Hamas responsible for the recent rocket attacks from Gaza.

However, behind the scenes, there is a silent understanding that Hamas will be allowed time to deal with the groups that fired the rockets, and that both sides will try to prevent a new escalation.

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Hamas cracks down on Islamic State in tacit understanding with Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 10, 2015

Israel is officially holding Hamas responsible for the recent rocket attacks from Gaza.

However, behind the scenes, there is a silent understanding that Hamas will be allowed time to deal with the groups that fired the rockets, and that both sides will try to prevent a new escalation.

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Orange chief insists Israel pullout is for commercial reasons

By Sandy Rashty, June 5, 2015

The chief executive of Orange has backtracked after he told a conference in Cairo earlier in the week that he would take the telecoms giant out of Israel “tomorrow”.

In an interview with Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronat this morning, Stephane Richard said his comments had been “misunderstood”, adding: “I love Israel”.

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Smart pen set to bring back handwriting

By Josh Jackman, June 4, 2015

Israeli developers have created a digital pen that allows its users to write on a smartphone using any surface.

With a Bluetooth connection, Phree turns a sofa, a hand or someone else's face into a writing surface - and instantly transfers the text to a phone.

A campaign on crowdfunding site Kickstarter saw the invention achieve its goal of £64,000 in just a week, with more than £240,000 n

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Republicans do 'Adelson audition'

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 4, 2015

Israel has become a must-stop on the campaign trail in the Republican Party's primaries for the presidential nomination in 2016.

Eager to burnish their foreign policy credentials and to appeal to the influential Jewish GOP donors, they pray at the Kotel and go on helicopter rides to see Israel's slender borders. Unofficially, it is being called "the Adelson audition".

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Israel's European allies key to blocking Palestinians at Fifa

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 4, 2015

Israel's European allies played a pivotal role in removing a motion to have Israel expelled from international football at the Fifa Congress in Zurich last Friday.

The head of the Palestinian Football Association, Jibril Rajoub, said in interviews after the congress that he had agreed to drop the motion following pressure from Arab states.

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Netanyahu struggling to shape workable coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 4, 2015

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has lost his first minister only 17 days after swearing in his fourth government.

Veteran Likudnik Benny Begin was forced to resign from the cabinet after Mr Netanyahu brought in Gilad Erdan as Internal Security and Strategic Affairs Minister last week, exceeding Likud's quota of ministers by one.

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Blair not a total Mid East failure

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 28, 2015

Tony Blair's announcement on Wednesday that after eight years he was stepping down as special envoy of the international Quartet to the Israel-Palestine diplomatic process was rather underwhelming.

His role - never well-defined - can hardly be described as a success story.

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Visiting a tomb? Take the lift down to level three

By Shira Rubin, May 28, 2015

Jews from the diaspora have been snapping up prime Israeli real estate for years. Now, however, they are starting to buy underground - in a network of catacombs carved out of the rocky soil below Jerusalem's largest cemetery.

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Bibi does first reshuffle

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 28, 2015

Ten days after swearing in his fourth government, Benjamin Netanyahu was already carrying out his first reshuffle on Monday.

The Likud's most popular young politician, Gilad Erdan, who had pinned his hopes on becoming foreign minister and was unsatisfied with the portfolio he was offered, had realised how difficult life was going to be as a backbencher in a coalition with a majority of one, and

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