Anshel Pfeffer

Super-jet delivery imminent

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2016

The first F-35 fighter-jet made for the Israeli Air Force was rolled out in Fort Worth in Texas on Wednesday at a ceremony attended by Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

The stealth jet is the first of 33 ordered by Israel, which intends to eventually purchase 75 planes.

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Talks over multi-billion US aid to Israel faltering

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2016

Israel's Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, tried to wrap up negotiations on a new defence aid agreement with the US during his visit to the Pentagon in Washington this week.

The talks over a new ten-year deal have faltered over disagreements both between the two countries and in Jerusalem.

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NGO 'transparency' bill discussed in Knesset

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is once again pushing the "NGO law", which will force Israeli human rights groups to disclose funding from foreign governments.

However, those in the Israeli government behind the legislation have softened the law's original draft in the wake of international pressure.

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New party could yet rise up from anti-Bibi cauldron

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2016

The two last men to serve as Benjamin Netanyahu's defence ministers, Ehud Barak and Moshe Yaalon, have delivered a series of stinging speeches and interviews in which they attack the prime minister's leadership and the extreme direction in which they claim he has taken Likud.

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On-the-run rabbi faces extradition over sex charges

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2016

Rabbi Eliezer Berland, leader of one of the largest groups of Breslov Chassidim, is facing extradition from South Africa to Israel following a three-year odyssey in which he has evaded charges of sexual assault.

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This is the age of the 'individual's intifada'

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2016

After three deadly terror attacks over the past week - in Tel Aviv, Orlando and Magnanville - British security experts have warned that the principal danger posed to the Jewish community comes from similar lone wolf terrorists or small cells.

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Keep calm, order coffee and carry on

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2016

The Israeli response to the terror attack in which four diners in the Max Brenner restaurant were murdered could seem harsh.

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She won't hesistate to yell at Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2016

In a CNN interview two years ago, Hillary Clinton, then former Secretary of State, today the Democratic candidate for President of the United States, characterised her relationship with Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu as "very good".

This, she explained, was "because we can yell at each other, and we do. And I was often the designated yeller".

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New legal trouble for Bibi

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 9, 2016

A new legal headache was created for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week when it was revealed that Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit was examining allegations made in the fraud trial of French businessman Arnaud Mimran.

Mr Mimran, who was close to Mr Netanyahu before he was re-elected prime minister in 2009, has claimed that he gave him 170,000 euros for his political campaign.

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In Russia, with love

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 9, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a series of security and commerce-related agreements with Russia during a visit to Moscow this week.

The visit commemorated 25 years since the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries and was a sign of the improving ties between their leaders.

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Bennett attack on Bibi may herald coalition changes

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 9, 2016

The ink on the new coalition agreement appointing Avigdor Lieberman as defence minister and bringing his party into government had barely dried last week when a new row began brewing.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Jewish Home Party, launched a series of attacks on the new diplomatic initiative being talked up by the Prime Minister and Mr Lieberman.

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Iranian ‘moderates’ face the chop

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 2, 2016

An open power struggle is breaking out in Iran between the relatively moderate faction led by President Hassan Rouhani and the more hardline coalition backed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

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Israeli coalition stabilised - for now

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 2, 2016

On Monday evening, as Avigdor Lieberman was finally sworn in as Defence Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu completed his mission to broaden his tiny coalition.

In the process he had lost two ministers, gained three new ones and added five new Knesset members to the coalition. The government now has 66 MKs backing it, a more comfortable margin than before, but it is hardly stable.

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Israel changes prostitution rules in order to protect 'working women'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 31, 2016

Israel will no longer prosecute brothels as long as they are owned by the women who work in them.

While no change has been made to the laws forbidding prostitution, the state prosecution office promised on Monday not to press charges against prostitutes as long as they are either running their business from their own homes or on premises rented by the prostitutes themselves.

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Lieberman's entry is a new dawn - of uncertainty

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2016

The military guard of honour that received Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday at the Defence Ministry's headquarters in Tel Aviv took place according to protocol.

However, it lacked the warmth with which the same soldiers and officers had bid farewell to the departing minister, Moshe Yaalon.

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Yaalon may return, but Herzog's sinking

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2016

When Ariel Sharon was forced to resign from the Defence Ministry in February 1983, his friend Uri Dan memorably said: "They didn't want him as defence minister. They'll get him as prime minister." It took 18 years for that prophecy to be fulfilled.

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Push for Trump trip to Israel stays on ice

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2016

Despite attempts by supporters of Donald Trump to persuade the presumptive Republican presidential candidate to visit Israel before the US elections, it remains unclear whether the trip will go ahead.

A scheduled visit in December 2015 was cancelled in the wake of Mr Trump's call to prevent Muslims from entering the US.

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Diplomacy weakened by rivalries

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2016

The State Comptroller's report published on Tuesday reveals that ministerial rivalries have impeded Israel's attempts to counter the BDS campaign abroad and boost diplomacy.

Yosef Shapira, the Comptroller, found a steady erosion of the Foreign Ministry's role since Benjamin Netanyahu returned to power in 2009.

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Breaking the Silence in the dock

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2016

The Israeli government is demanding that Breaking the Silence - the organisation that records testimonies from IDF soldiers on alleged human-rights offences - reveals the names of soldiers who spoke to the organisation's researchers.

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He's bet on Trump, but is Mr Casino now gambling with Israel?

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 20, 2016

Last year, a Republican talent show took place in Jerusalem. Barely a month passed without another presidential hopeful landing at Ben Gurion Airport and driving up to the capital for a series of obligatory visits. The Western Wall, Herzl Mount, a reception at King David Hotel and, most important of all, an audience with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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