Anshel Pfeffer

Ceasefire won't end Netanyahu's battles on the political front

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 24, 2014

A political battle awaits Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the moment a ceasefire with Hamas will be on the table. The Israeli security cabinet, which will be the forum where the proposal is voted on, will be split on whether to accept a truce or continue advancing into Gaza.

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Devastating exchanges in Hamas 'hub'

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 24, 2014

The eastern suburb of Gaza City, Shujaiyeh, has become a symbol of the conflict for both the Israeli and Palestinian sides following heavy casualties in fighting there this week. Palestinian sources claim that at least 60 people were killed, though some versions say it was the toll was as high as 100.

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Once again, Iron Dome is a strategy-changer

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 17, 2014

The success of the Iron Dome missile defence system throughout Operation Protective Edge has allowed Israel to hold back, for now, from launching a ground offensive in Gaza.

The rocket shield has also allowed Israel to accept Egyptian proposals for a ceasefire, even when it was clear that Hamas would continue firing rockets.

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Will a ground war be the next step?

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 17, 2014

Israel was contemplating escalating its military offensive against Hamas and Islamic Jihad after the Palestinian groups rejected a ceasefire proposal backed by the Arab League, and continued to fire rockets from Gaza.

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Bibi's restraint wins him friends abroad - and enemies at home

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 17, 2014

One description you don't usually hear of Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is "risk-averse". But in recent days, in the Israeli media and the upper echelons of the defence establishment, in Knesset corridors and even among foreign diplomats who rarely have a good word to say about Bibi, this label has been regularly attached to him.

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Iran nuclear talks still in deadlock

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 17, 2014

Talks between world powers and Iran over its nuclear programme remained at an impasse this week as the deadline for achieving a comprehensive agreement loomed.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who participated in the negotiations for two days, said on Tuesday that despite some progress, "very real gaps" remained.

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They are deadlier than Hamas, says Mossad head

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 11, 2014

Mossad Chief Tamir Pardo caused a stir in Israel last week when he said that the Islamic State (formerly known as Isis) were more of a threat to Israel than Hamas.

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Bacteria's smart tactics revealed

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 11, 2014

Bacteria have the ability to predict when people will take antibiotics and learn to dodge them, Israeli researchers have found.

The discovery comes as a UK government report warned this week that antibiotic-resistant bacteria could spark a return "to the dark ages of medicine".

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No end in sight as the rockets reach Haifa

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 10, 2014

There is no end in sight to the latest round of warfare between Hamas and Israel, in which hundreds of missiles have been fired from Gaza into Israel and a massive Israeli air campaign was unleashed in retaliation.

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Life comes to grinding halt across Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 10, 2014

Israelis living around the borders of Gaza and in the northern Negev region have become accustomed to having their lives disrupted by mortar and rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.

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Bibi in media blitz as Iran talks falter

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 10, 2014

The final round of talks before the deadline for reaching a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear programme has entered a second week without any sign of a breakthrough.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, accused Israel and the US on Monday of using intimidatory tactics in the talks between the world powers and the Islamic Republic in Vienna.

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Rabbi's fury as Beth Din overruled in brit case

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 4, 2014

The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that a Beth Din - a rabbinical court - cannot order a mother to have her son circumcised as part of a divorce case.

Last Sunday, a specially expanded forum of seven judges examined the case of a divorcing Netanya couple locked in dispute over the late circumcision of their son.

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Israel fires warning to jihadis

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 4, 2014

As the jihadis in Iraq gain ground and control of the country's borders, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged this week that Israel plans to support Jordan if the Hashemite Kingdom is threatened.

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Israel boils, but Bibi must keep the lid on

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 3, 2014

Yet another round of violence in Gaza and the West Bank is the last thing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs right now.

Although the desire for retribution over the deaths of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach remains powerful, Mr Netanyahu needs to focus his attention on the nuclear talks in Vienna.

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State seeking billions from Israel's JNF

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 27, 2014

Israel's Finance and Justice Ministries are set to propose a law that would nationalise the income of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (JNF).

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With Kurdish oil comes the tantalising possibility of a new Middle Eastern axis

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

It would be premature to herald the offloading in Israel of a million barrels of oil from Kurdish Iraq last weekend as the start of a grand new alliance in the Middle East.

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Man freed in Shalit deal 'killed cop'

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

A former Palestinian prisoner who was released under the Gilad Shalit deal has been charged with murder.

Ziad Awwad was indicted on Monday for the April 14 murder of Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi.

Mizrahi had been driving his family to Kiryat Arba to celebrate Pesach and was shot dead near Hebron. His wife was wounded in the attack.

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Syria skirmish is gravest yetas child killed

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

A 14-year-old boy was killed and three men injured at the Golan border on Sunday in the first fatal incident to involve Israeli citizens since the start of the Syrian civil war three years ago.

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Did UN man pass $20m to Hamas?

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is trying to bar the UN's chief representative in the region from Israel over allegations that he tried to funnel funds to Hamas in Gaza.

Mr Lieberman's office confirmed over the weekend that he was in favour of declaring the UN's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry a persona non grata.

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Israeli-Palestinian security ties keep chaos at bay

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

The one clear point that has emerged from the Israeli operation following the kidnapping two weeks ago is that security co-ordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority remains strong. In fact, it is probably the most reliable link in their increasingly shaky relationship.

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