Anshel Pfeffer

UN accuses Israel over Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

A report issued by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon accusing the IDF of attacking seven UNRWA schools in the Gaza Strip during the conflict last summer has prompted a muted response from Israel.

According to the report, 44 Palestinians were killed and 227 injured in the attacks.

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Netanyahu closes on right-wing coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Six weeks after winning the election and only a few days before the final deadline to present his cabinet to the president, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed coalition agreements with two parties, with three other parties close to doing a deal.

For now, Labour will remain in opposition and the new Likud government will be backed by 67 Knesset members.

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Israel playing nuanced game in Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 30, 2015

for the past four years, report after report has emerged attributing air strikes on Syrian military targets to Israel. The Israeli government has not acknowledged a single one - not even when the remnants of bombs with labels in Hebrew were found on the scene. However, Israeli officials have developed a way of taking indirect responsibility that - theoretically - serves the country's interests.

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Population up as Israel reaches 67

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 23, 2015

Israel's population has risen to 8,345,000 as the country marks the 67th anniversary of its independence, new figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics have revealed.

The figure is more than 10 times its 806,000 citizens in 1948.

In 2015, three-quarters of Israelis are Jewish - 6.25 million.

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Netanyahu fights to make coalition stick

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 23, 2015

A month after winning the election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still does not have a coalition to form a new government.

On Tuesday he received a two-week extension from President Reuven Rivlin in which to complete his administration.

He now has to form either a right-wing, religious coalition, or turn to Labour leader Isaac Herzog and try to build a national-unity government.

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EU ministers call for labelling

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 23, 2015

A letter signed by 16 European Union foreign ministers calling for the labelling of products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank has caused anger in Jerusalem but is unlikely to be implemented in the near future.

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Deep worries over Putin missile offer to Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 16, 2015

A week before the P5+1 group of world powers and Iran are due to start transforming last month's Lausanne framework agreement into a comprehensive nuclear deal, more and more obstacles are popping up in their path.

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Israeli coalition talks stuck

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 16, 2015

As the first deadline for forming a new government looms next week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems nowhere near building a coalition.

Of the five parties currently expected to join Likud in government, only one, United Torah Judaism (UTJ), is on the brink of signing an agreement.

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IDF in major crackdown on Hamas

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 16, 2015

The IDF made sweeping arrests of Hamas members in the West Bank this week in the largest such crackdown this year.

The operation, which took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning, was aimed at hampering the Islamist movement's attempts to re-establish its military networks in the area.

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For Bibi, Clinton is a light in the tunnel

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 16, 2015

January 20, 2017 is a date already marked by a red circle on the calendar in Benjamin Netanyahu's office - that is the day Barack Obama will finally leave the White House. It would be hard to imagine a leading US politician the Israeli Prime Minister would less like to see occupying the Oval Office than the incumbent.

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Kim Kardashian Israel visit hides an ugly battle over Armenian antisemitism

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2015

On Monday morning, US mega-celebrity Kim Kardashian together
with her husband Kanye West and their daughter, North,
landed

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Israel looks to Senate to block deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 8, 2015

The Israeli government is pursuing three parallel tracks to try to mitigate what it sees as the strategic threat posed by the "bad deal" agreed on by the P5+1 group of powers and Iran last Thursday in Lausanne.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said following the announcement of a framework agreement that "a deal based on this would threaten the survival of Israel" and that "such a deal would n

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Fake kidnap man arrested

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 8, 2015

The disappearance of an Israeli man near Hebron last Thursday that was originally feared to be a terror kidnapping quickly developed into a bizarre case of wilful disappearance.

Thousands of soldiers and police officers, assisted by helicopters and the Shin Bet, were deployed last Thursday afternoon after Eran Negauker, a career IDF NCO, reported that his friend, Niv Assraf, had disappeared.

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Abbas calls for talks without preconditions

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 8, 2015

The Palestinian Authority has been sending Israel mixed signals about the resumption of diplomatic negotiations.

On Saturday in an interview with an Israeli-Arab website, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the re-elected prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to re-enter talks "without preconditions".

In what sounded like a reversal of statements by his senior advisers in recent week

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Biggest Arab homes project since 1967 is baby step towards a peaceful Jerusalem

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 8, 2015

The recent decision by the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee to authorise the largest Palestinian housing project in East Jerusalem since 1967 is an important step towards alleviating the shortage of new homes in the city.

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Israel resigned to possibility of Iran strikes

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 2, 2015

The talks between the P5+1 world powers group and Iran continued beyond the March 31 deadline on Tuesday night.

US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf announced there had been "enough progress in the last days to merit staying until Wednesday" but that there were "several difficult issues still remaining."

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Iran boosts its military operations a few kilometres from Israel's border

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 2, 2015

Israel is concerned about Iranian plans to intensify its military operations with Hizbollah in southern Syria, close to the Golan Heights border.

The Israeli view is that the military push is at least partly a result of Iranian fears that Saudi Arabia and other Sunni nations are preparing to beef up their support for the rebels in Syria.

The civil war in Syria has been raging for over four y

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Bibi keeps his cards close in coalition poker

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 2, 2015

Israel's 20th Knesset was sworn in on Tuesday. But, as the 120 members - a third of them first-timers - were settling in, the country was still some distance from having a new government.

Benjamin Netanyahu has already used a week and a half of the four-week period he has to form a coalition. If he fails, he will receive two additional weeks from President Reuven Rivlin.

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World closes in on nuclear deal with Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 26, 2015

Negotiators gathered on Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland, for what could be a crucial round in the talks over the future of the Iranian nuclear programme.

The largest delegations, from the United States and Iran, were headed by Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Mohammed Jawad Zarif.

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'Judeophile' Putin hosts Euro neo-Nazi gathering

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 26, 2015

The presence of some of the most notorious neo-Nazis and racists in Europe - including the former leader of the British National Party, Nick Griffin - at last Sunday's "Russian International Conservative Forum" in St Petersburg, has raised eyebrows in the West. After all, isn't Russia still proud of the Great Patriotic War it fought against fascism?

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