Anshel Pfeffer

Majority of Israelis prefer Hillary Clinton

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 27, 2016

A majority of Israelis believe that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton will be the better president for Israel.

In a survey carried out just before Pesach by TNS polling company for Israel's Channel One, 42 per cent of respondents said that Mrs Clinton was preferable, while 34 per cent said that the Republican frontrunner Donald Trump would be better.

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Police advise closure of Herzog case

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 27, 2016

The leader of Israel's opposition, Isaac Herzog, was questioned last week by police as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations that he committed fraud during his 2013 leadership campaign.

Other members of his campaign team have also been questioned under suspicion that services rendered during his successful bid for the Labour Party leadership were not documented or paid for.

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Health chief hits out at McDonald's

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 27, 2016

Health Minister Yaakov Litzman said he would crack down on fast food and other causes of heart disease as he launched Israel's first serious anti-obesity campaign earlier this month.

In a speech to the Israeli Cardiologists Association, Mr Litzman, a United Torah Judaism member, said: "McDonald's out!

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Opinion split as IDF medic set to face trial

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2016

An IDF sergeant has been charged with manslaughter by a military court following the shooting of a wounded Palestinian attacker in Hebron last month.

The case of Sergeant Elor Azaria has split Israeli society and political opinion. According to polls, a large section of the public believes he should not go on trial.

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Bibi left rudderless as Herzog tie-up collapses

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2016

Everything had been in place for the announcement of the new coalition deal.

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Abbas seeks UN statehood vote

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2016

The Palestinian Authority has launched a diplomatic initiative to secure a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and setting out a timetable for the establishment of a Palestinian state within a year.

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Far-right leader in Yad Vashem tour

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2016

The leader of Austria's far-right Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, visited Israel this week, on the invitation of Likud officials.

Despite Mr Strache's attempts to prove he had severed links to his party's antisemitic past, he was not formally received by the Israeli government and denied a meeting with former president Shimon Peres.

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Israel 'sold kamikaze drones to Azerbaijan'

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2016

Reports of an Israeli "suicide drone" being used by Azerbaijan's army in the recent fighting in the contested enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh has caused controversy in the Jewish state and sparked protests from Armenia.

Israel has not confirmed or denied it sells the Harop drone to Azerbaijan.

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Abbas son’s $1 million shares named in Panama leak

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 11, 2016

The son of Palestinian president Mahmouud Abbas owns $1m worth of shares in a Palestinian investment company, the Panama Papers have revealed.

In the mega-leak of documents from Panamanian law office Mossack Fonseca, published by over 100 news organisations two weeks ago, are the files of the Arab Palestinian Investment Company (APIC), incorporated in the Virgin Islands in 1994.

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Charedim seek to reverse ruling on conversion courts

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2016

The strictly-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism are trying to pass legislation that will ensure conversions are only carried out by the state's rabbinical courts.

This follows a ruling by the High Court last Thursday ordering the government to recognise conversions to Judaism carried out by privately-run Charedi batei din.

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Peace? We just tweet

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2016

The Palestinian and Israeli leaders have invited each other to resume talks, although it does not appear that either of them actually plan to do so any time soon.

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Hebron shooter trial looms

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2016

An Israeli military court has ruled that Elor Azaria, the IDF soldier who shot a wounded Palestinian attacker in the head two weeks ago, would remain on remand at his unit's headquarters until his trial. The Military Attorney-General plans to charge the sergeant with manslaughter.

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Top Israeli lawyers named in giant tax-haven leak

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2016

Some of the most powerful businesspeople and lawyers in Israel are among the 600 Israeli companies and 850 shareholders listed in a huge leak from a Panamanian law firm, details of which were published around the world on Sunday.

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Scam trading is 'dark side' of Israel tech leap

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2016

Israeli internet companies offering customers around the world the opportunity to trade in "binary options" and speculate on currency fluctuations - the "forex" markets - are coming under scrutiny.

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Israel and China agree on multi-billion free trade deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2016

Israel and China have announced plans to push forward a new free-trade agreement.

In a meeting last week between Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, 13 agreements were signed on cooperation in a wide array of fields.

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Top Israeli lawyers and business people named in 'Panama' tax-haven leak

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 5, 2016

Some of the most powerful businesspeople and lawyers in Israel are among the 600 Israeli companies and 850 shareholders listed in a huge leak from a Panamanian law firm, details of which were published around the world on Sunday.

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Herzog, Deri face corruption investigations

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 31, 2016

Police probes into corruption allegations against two senior Israeli politicians were revealed this week.

Gag-orders have prevented the Israeli press from publishing full details of the investigations but, on Wednesday, two names were released following a flurry of rumours.

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Fierce row over killing of wounded attacker

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 31, 2016

The trial of Elor Azaria, the IDF soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian terrorist at point-blank range last Thursday, will not be an open-and-shut case.

The army's high command would like to throw the book at Corporal Azaria and make an example of him.

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Major blow to Bibi as gas deal is rejected

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 31, 2016

The High Court has delivered the most serious blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s credibility since he began his fourth term in office.

The court struck down a key part of the natural gas framework agreed on by the government and the Israeli-US energy companies controlling the largest gas-fields off Israel’s Mediterranean coast.

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Turks sympathise but détente long way off

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 23, 2016

Last Thursday evening, 36 hours before the suicide attack in Istanbul, the IDF deputy chief of staff, Major-General Yair Golan, made an unguarded and unplanned remark on the Israeli-Turkish relationship during a conference in Bar Ilan University.

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