Anshel Pfeffer

Deri returns to the scene of crime, 22 years later

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 12, 2016

Twenty-two years after an indictment forced him to leave the Interior Ministry, Aryeh Deri, the first Israeli minister to serve time for bribe-taking, was reappointed Interior Minister on Sunday.

The leader of Shas was poised to return to the powerful ministry last year when Benjamin Netanyahu formed his new government — but, at the last minute, took the Economics Ministry instead.

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Douma arson suspects indicted

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 7, 2016

This week, five months after three members of the Dawabsheh family were murdered in an arson attack in the Palestinian West Bank village of Douma, indictments were served on two suspected perpetrators.

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US has caved in to Russia over Assad and Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 6, 2016

The closing weeks of 2015 have seen the first signs of a potential power-shift over the Syrian war.

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Even Israeli right knows the NGO law cannot pass

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 6, 2016

Like similar pieces of legislation proposed in recent years by right-wing politicians, the new NGO "transparency" bill, approved on Sunday by the ministerial legislative committee, is unlikely to ever become law.

It is simply another shot across the bows of Israel's human rights advocacy community, much of which is funded through grants from European governments.

The law would force organisa

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Israel stays shtum over US ‘spying’ claims

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 6, 2016

The official Israeli response to allegations in the Wall Street Journal that President Barack Obama ordered the National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he discussed the nuclear deal with Iran has been muted.

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Israel creates crack anti-jihad brigade

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 30, 2015

On Sunday, the IDF inaugurated a new special forces formation, the Oz ("valour") Brigade, to take on jihadi groups deep inside enemy territory.

The brigade amalgamates four elite units specialising in operations in difficult terrain, previously under separate commands.

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Investigation into Jewish extremist attack stalls

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 30, 2015

The probe into the murder of three members of the Dawabshe family in the Palestinian village of Douma four months ago is failing to deliver indictments against the suspects currently held for the arson attack.

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US has caved in to Russia over Assad and Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 30, 2015

The closing weeks of 2015 have seen the first signs of a potential power-shift over the Syrian war.

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Daesh chief pledges to attack Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 30, 2015

For the first time, Daesh is threatening to launch attacks on Israel.

In a speech published last weekend, the Islamic State's "Caliph", Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, is purported to have said: "The Jews thought we forgot about Palestine and they deflected our attention from it. Not at all. With Allah's help we will not forget it.

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Former Israeli prime minister Olmert jailed for accepting bribe

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 29, 2015

Ehud Olmert is due to enter Maasiyahu prison on February 15 after the Supreme Court upheld one of his convictions for bribe-taking on Tuesday in Jerusalem.

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With Daesh's warning, Israel senses that the relative calm may be ebbing

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 28, 2015

For the first time, Daesh is threatening to launch attacks on Israel.

In a rare speech published last weekend, the Islamic State’s “Caliph”, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, is purported to have said: “The Jews thought we forgot about Palestine and they deflected our attention from it. Not at all. With Allah’s help we will not forget it.

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Political storm as NGOs accused of ‘aiding enemy’

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 22, 2015

A right-wing campaign against Israeli human rights groups and growing criticism from the same quarters of President Reuven Rivlin have erupted into a nationwide row.

Much of the storm has revolved around Mr Rivlin's appearance last Sunday as a speaker at a conference organised by Ha'aretz newspaper in New York.

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Israel settles an old score with Hizbollah child-killer

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 22, 2015

Israel has had a score to settle with Samir Kuntar since 1979.

In April of that year, the Lebanese-Druze member of the Palestinian Liberation Front, then only 16, led a terror attack on the northern town of Nahariya.

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Israeli Interior Minister Silvan Shalom resigns over sex assault claims

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 21, 2015

With at least 13 women alleging he sexually assaulted them and former bodyguards claiming he had been pursuing improper relations with female subordinates, Interior Minister Silvan Shalom was left with little choice on Sunday night but to announce his resignation from public life.

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Palestinians ‘prefer terror and Hamas over talks’

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2015

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Israel for what he described as "justified popular unrest" among young Palestinians in a speech this week.

It appeared that Mr Abbas was reflecting public opinion. A survey published this week by the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research suggested that 67 per cent of Palestinians supported the ongoing wave of terror.

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Erdogan hints at détente

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 16, 2015

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last Sunday that the "normalisation process" between Israel and Turkey "would be good for us, Israel, Palestine and the entire region".

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Breaking Shabbat law could lead to fines or jail for Israelis

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 10, 2015

A new Shabbat law is causing strife in the Israeli coalition.

The law, proposed by Likud's deputy interior minister Yaron Mazuz, will set much sterner fines for businesses which open on Shabbat.

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Israel bans European school trips over security fears

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 3, 2015

The Israeli Education Ministry has banned most school trips to Europe over fears of further operations by Daesh.

In a special directive that went out to all Israeli schools this week, the ministry's security department instructed schools to suspend all delegations and trips to Europe unless the students are accompanied by certified security personnel.

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IDF in rift with political right on anti-terror

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 3, 2015

The enduring wave of Palestinian attacks on Israeli citizens has led to a deepening rift between the Israeli security establishment and the right-wing section of the coalition.

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Israel and Russia reinforce ties as Middle East storm rages

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 3, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu had not been planning to attend the climate conference in Paris - environmental protection and global warming is not high on the Israeli prime minister's agenda.

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