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Israeli coalition collapse averted

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 14, 2015

Seven weeks since the elections, on Wednesday afternoon, the Knesset removed the final obstacle to Benjamin Netanyahu's fourth government when it narrowly passed an amendment that allowed him to appoint more than 18 ministers to his new cabinet.


Fury in US over Netanyahu speech plan

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 12, 2015

The shockwaves caused by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled speech to Congress in three weeks continue to reverberate, with senior Democrats announcing their intention to be absent.


Delight among Cuba's Jews over release of Alan Gross

By Adam Feinstein, December 23, 2014

Cuba's 1,500-member Jewish community is celebrating the release of the American aid worker Alan Gross on December 17 and has welcomed the potential thaw in US-Cuba relations that his exit from jail appears to have kick-started.

Mr Gross, 65, had been in a Cuban jail since being arrested in 2009 and imprisoned for 15 years for committing “acts against the integrity of the state”.


Israel-US ties in crisis

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2014

US-Israel diplomatic relations have hit a new low as government members on both sides have traded harsh insults and criticisms in recent days.

This week, senior US government officials called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "chickenshit", and a "coward" in interviews with the Atlantic.


Helena Bonham Carter meets Holocaust survivors in US

By Marcus Dysch, June 27, 2014

Members of David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission have travelled to the United States to investigate new techniques for educating people about the Shoah.

Actress Helena Bonham Carter, television presenter Natasha Kaplinsky and commission chair Mick Davis visited New York and Washington.


Chastened Aipac prepares for annual conference

By Dan Friedman, February 27, 2014

This year’s annual Aipac conference, running from March 2-4 in Washington DC, will differ from usual. Most years the conference is an exercise in celebration and display of power - but this year, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is both institutionally chastened and at an inflection point in the US-Israel relationship.


Israel’s defence minister apologises for calling John Kerry 'obsessive and messianic'

By Charlotte Oliver, January 15, 2014

Israel’s defence minister Moshe Ya’alon has issued a formal apology to the United States, after he branded Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts in the peace process “inexplicably obsessive” and “messianic”.


US and UK spying revealed no secrets, claims Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 23, 2013

The revelations in the Guardian and New York Times last Friday that the target list of a joint NSA-GCHQ surveillance operation included Israel’s former prime ministers Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak elicited only a muted response in Jerusalem.


Will 2014 be a year of peace?

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 23, 2013

At a particularly bleak moment during his umpteenth visit to the region this month, US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted: “We’re not talking at this point about any shifts [in the schedule],” and reiterated his belief that Israel and the Palestinians can still reach a peace agreement by April, at the end of the nine-month time-frame he set for the talks.


Snowden files: UK intelligence spied on Olmert, Barak

By Charlotte Oliver, December 20, 2013

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and former defence minister Ehud Barak were spied on by British and US intelligence agencies, according to information leaked by Edward Snowden.

Documents released by the whistleblower reveal that the Israeli politicians were two in a list of over 1,000 prominent officials who were kept under surveillance from 2008 to 2009.