Anshel Pfeffer

Dig starts for Tel Aviv Tube

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 14, 2015

The preliminary engineering works on Tel Aviv's new underground rail system began on Sunday.

The first stage of the Red Line is to have seven stations in southern and central Tel Aviv and neighbouring Ramat Gan, and is scheduled to start operating in 2021.

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Israeli coalition collapse averted

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 14, 2015

Seven weeks since the elections, on Wednesday afternoon, the Knesset removed the final obstacle to Benjamin Netanyahu's fourth government when it narrowly passed an amendment that allowed him to appoint more than 18 ministers to his new cabinet.

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Israel’s best friend?

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 14, 2015

Officials in Jerusalem have spoken of their joy and relief at the re-election of David Cameron.

“Cameron has been a fantastic supporter of Israel and the ties between the two governments, which were already close under Blair and Brown, have only improved under him,” said one.

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New Israeli coalition heading for diplomatic storm

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 11, 2015

Even before the new government in Israel has been sworn in, it is already on a collision course with the international community and its own judiciary on a range of issues.

The first obstacle that could derail the coalition is the question of settlement-building.

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Major battle over top Israeli court looms

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

The new Knesset will be a battle-ground over the future and independence of Israel's Supreme Court.

The appointment of Habayit Hayehudi MK Ayelet Shaked - an outspoken critic of the court's powers to scrutinise and disqualify legislation - as the new justice minister will add extra impetus to the campaign to limit its powers.

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A coalition is born

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

With less than two hours to go before the final deadline for forming a government, Likud and Habayit Hayehudi negotiating teams finalised an agreement which allowed Benjamin Netanyahu to inform President Reuven Rivlin that he had succeeded in fulfilling his mandate.

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Israel hit by race riots

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

Two angry protests against police violence have brought the challenges facing Israel's Ethiopians to the fore.

Sixty-eight people were injured and 43 arrests were made at the second demonstration, which took place in Tel Aviv on Sunday evening. Thousands of Israeli-Ethiopians and members of other communities took part.

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At last minute, Netanyahu finalises shaky coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 6, 2015

With less than two hours to go before the final deadline for forming a government, Likud and Habayit Hayehudi negotiating teams finalised an agreement which allowed Benjamin Netanyahu to inform President Reuven Rivlin that he had succeeded in fulfilling his mandate.

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Israel braced for wave of UN pressure over peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Israel is concerned that it will soon face a wave of diplomatic pressure to agree to a timetable for establishing a Palestinian state.

The main worry is that the United States will give quiet backing to a French proposal that was presented to the United Nations Security Council three months ago and created with the help of the Palestinian Authority.

Another, similar proposal has been drafted

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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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