Anshel Pfeffer

Members of IDF spy unit refuse West Bank service

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 18, 2014

`An open letter written by 43 reserve soldiers and officers of the IDF's intelligence gathering unit in which they refuse to take part in any operations connected to the Palestinians has drawn stern condemnations in Israel.

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Israel fears US could soften on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 11, 2014

Israel is concerned that the increased coordination between the US and Iran over fighting Isis could lead to a weakening of the American stance in talks over the Iranian nuclear programme.

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Accused killer 'was Isis torturer'

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 11, 2014

The alleged killer of four at the Brussels Jewish Museum in May beat Western hostages while fighting with Isis in Syria, according to a former prisoner of the terror group.

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Behind rhetoric, Isis-hit Arab states need Israel badly

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 11, 2014

Jordanian government officials emphasised last week that the $15bn deal to buy natural gas from Israel's offshore Leviathan field was between them and a US company.

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Israel-Hamas ceasefire on a knife edge

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 11, 2014

Rocket fire from Gaza could resume in two weeks if an agreement on new security arrangements or at least a framework for talks is not reached in the coming days.

There are deep divisions, not only between the Israelis and the Palestinians, but among both sides, on the best way to reach such a deal.

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UN force runs away from Israel border as al Qaeda-linked group makes gains

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2014

Rebels captured the town of Kuneitra on Israel's border with Syria last Thursday, and now control the crossing nearby.

The victory signals a change in the status quo which has existed on the border since the end of the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

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Budgets cut to pay for war

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2014

The overall damage to Israel's economy from 50 days of fighting is still being assessed. So far, the cost is estimated to be between NIS 15 and 20bn (£2.5bn-£3.4bn).

The cost to Israeli industry, particularly factories in the south hit by rockets or forced to close down, is estimated at around NIS 1.3bn (£230m).

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Bibi to stand again despite ratings crash

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu's approval ratings have plummeted following the ceasefire as a combination of media criticism, attacks from rivals and a general disappointment that the operation failed to yield new security arrangements in Gaza have taken their toll.

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After the fires, the floods of fury

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2014

An Israeli government decision to designate nearly 1,000 acres in the West Bank as "state land" in order to expand a settlement in the Etzion bloc has led to a diplomatic furore.

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Campaign to strip Qatar of 2022 World Cup

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 29, 2014

The Israeli government is embarking on a low-profile campaign against Qatar, which has emerged as the main backer of Hamas.

The campaign is neither full-scale or official due to the close ties between Washington and Qatar. One of the key elements of the diplomatic drive will be to raise questions over Qatar's suitability to host the 2022 World Cup.

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The truth about the Israel-Hamas truce

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 28, 2014

There are no winners at the end of the 50 days of warfare which culminated on Tuesday night in a month-long ceasefire.

The truce promised little for Gaza or Israel, just a return to the status quo after the deaths of 71 Israelis - seven of them civilians - and at least 2,000 Palestinians.

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Child soldiers sign of weakened Hizbollah

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 22, 2014

Reports that Hizbollah is sending ever-younger fighters to Syria - some as young as 16 - is a further indication that the Lebanese Shia organisation is becoming drastically stretched as it operates on four fronts.

Hizbollah continues to maintain an arsenal of around 60,000 rockets near Israel's northern border while it fights in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.

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Bank accused of funding terror in US trial

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 21, 2014

A federal courthouse in Brooklyn is the next battlefield between the West and Islamic terror movements.

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It's back to square one

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 21, 2014

A rocket attack on Israel and a subsequent attempt by the IDF to assassinate Hamas military chief Mohammed Deif have spelt the end of ceasefire talks and a return to full-scale warfare.

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Erdogan, a wannabe sultan

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 14, 2014

Turkish Airlines announced last week that it was cancelling two of its seven daily flights to Ben Gurion Airport.

Despite the fact that commercial ties between the two countries remain strong and Istanbul is an attractive and competitive hub for Israelis, President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan's relentless anti-Israel and antisemitic rhetoric has taken its toll.

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Iraq horror hands Israel a dream coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 14, 2014

The decision by the Obama administration to launch air-strikes against Isis in Iraq over the weekend has brought to the fore a new Middle East crisis that, at least for a few days, overtook Gaza as the world's number one story.

But beyond shifting international attention, the chaos in Iraq, which is rapidly redrawing boundaries in the region, could have major implications for Israel.

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Diaspora buckling under Gaza war strain

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 14, 2014

Two weeks ago, at the height of the Gaza crisis, a high-level meeting was convened in secret in Jerusalem by Economics Minister Naftali Bennett - who also holds the diaspora portfolio in the cabinet - and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky.

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Ending the war: the obstacles

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 14, 2014

Another round of escalation around Gaza appeared was averted at the last minute on Wednesday as negotiators in Cairo agreed to extend an expiring ceasefire until Monday night.

Securing a longer-term truce is proving difficult, however.

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IDF prepares for war crimes accusations

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 7, 2014

Two IDF teams are collecting evidence to respond to possible war crimes accusations in the wake of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

One team, headed by Major General Noam Tibon, commander of Northern Corps, has been investigating cases in which IDF fire caused civilian casualties, and is preparing a number of reports.

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Israel's political split grows

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 7, 2014

With the fighting in Gaza apparently over, Knesset members have begun to acclimatise themselves to a different political landscape.

The split within Likud between centrists and right-wingers has become more pronounced.

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