Anshel Pfeffer

Israel okays EU strictures

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 14, 2013

The Israeli government will accept the new European Union guidelines on funding projects only within the “Green Line” as part of a new research agreement with the EU.

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New witness in China bank terror case

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 14, 2013

Evidence given by a new witness in the Bank of China court case taking place in New York could prove crucial to the outcome given the reluctance of the Israeli government to allow its official to testify in court.

Two actions are being pursued against the Chinese bank by families of the victims of suicide bombings that took place in Israel.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Iran: Deal of the century or empty promise?

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 14, 2013

Last weekend’s round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group surprised almost everyone involved.

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Snowden files reveal tangled Israeli spy links

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 8, 2013

American National Security Agency (NSA) documents published by US and British newspapers in recent weeks reveal both the extent of American-Israeli intelligence co-operation but also the efforts by the Americans to keep tabs on Israeli operations.

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Israeli jets in fresh strikes on Syrian missile base

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 7, 2013

Israeli Air Force planes attacked a Syrian base in the early hours of Thursday last week, destroying the advanced missiles that were stored there.

American officials confirmed that the explosions heard in the area were the result of an Israeli strike.

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Israel hosts multi-national air drill

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 7, 2013

The first-ever large multi-national military exercise will take place in Israel in two weeks as squadrons from the United States, Greece and Italy arrive in the Negev for Blue Flag 2013, which Israeli military commanders hope will be the inaugural annual training event for allied air forces.

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US: sanctions will stay until Iranians stop making bomb

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 7, 2013

American and European officials have assured Israel that there are no plans to ease the sanctions on Iran until it signs a comprehensive agreement to rein in its military nuclear programme.

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Bibi ‘concerned’ about peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 7, 2013

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a rare statement on the ongoing talks between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority.

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Foreign Minister Lieberman: Back in the game

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 7, 2013

The judges of the Jerusalem Magistrates Court not only exonerated Avigdor Lieberman from charges of fraud and breach of trust on Wednesday, they accepted all the main claims of his defence team, effectively quashing any chance for the State Prosecutor to appeal and overturn the verdict.

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Lieberman verdict will have far-reaching effect

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 31, 2013

Next Wednesday will be a pivotal day in Israeli politics. The verdict in Avigdor Lieberman’s fraud and breach of trust case will not only determine the fate of one of the most powerful men in the country, it could also have a profound effect on the coalition’s future and on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s flexibility in pursuing the diplomatic process with the Palestinians.

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Political chasm opens over prisoner release

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 31, 2013

The release of 26 Palestinian prisoners this week and a proposed law to prevent such occurrences in the future have caused the most serious rift in the coalition since it was formed earlier this year.

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Israelis see chink of light in Iran talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 31, 2013

Veteran Israeli observers have sounded more optimistic in recent days about the chances of a breakthrough in the nuclear talks between the international community and Iran.

At the same time, there are alarming new assessments about the speed with which Iran can build a launch-ready nuclear bomb.

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The spy story that sent Israel’s ties with Turkey up in flames (again)

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 24, 2013

The full extent of the damage done to Israel-Turkey ties in recent years was revealed only last Thursday in the Washington Post by David Ignatius, a columnist with significant sources in the US State Department.

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Who won? Bibi — and peace process

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 24, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rose early on Tuesday morning to vote in Jerusalem’s municipal elections. From there, he rushed to Ben Gurion Airport. Before taking off for high-level diplomatic meetings in Rome, one correspondent asked him who he had voted for. “I voted for Jerusalem,” he answered cryptically, before taking his seat on the plane.

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Israeli law could block peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 24, 2013

The Israeli cabinet’s legislative committee has voted through a proposal that, if passed into law, would require a two-thirds Knesset majority before parts of Jerusalem could be ceded to a future Palestinian state.

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Flug set to be Fischer’s spiritual successor

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 24, 2013

Doctor Karnit Flug is starting her term as governor of the Bank of Israel at a distinct disadvantage.

Although she has been the acting governor for four months and was chosen by her illustrious predecessor, Stanley Fischer, everyone will remember that she was neither the first, nor the second, nor even the third choice of the prime minister and finance minister.

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Nearly £2bn of EU aid for Palestinians ‘misused’

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 17, 2013

Most of the nearly £2bn in aid that the EU has given the Palestinian Authority over the past five years has been squandered through corruption and mismanagement.

The figures appeared in a preliminary report prepared by European Court of Auditors and leaked to the Sunday Times.

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Knesset sits down for a stormy winter session

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 17, 2013

The long winter session of the Knesset began this week with a feeling of trepidation within the ruling Likud party on two accounts.

The first is the lingering suspicion of many MKs that a peace treaty with the Palestinians is being hatched behind their backs. They were not reassured by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu’s hawkish speech last week at Bar-Ilan University.

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Iran talks leave Israel on edge

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 17, 2013

The discussions, which were described by EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton as “detailed” and “substantive”, revolved mainly around a new Iranian proposal which one Western diplomat called “very helpful”.

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Syria chemical weapons deadline not feasible, says OPCW scientific adviser

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 17, 2013

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A senior adviser to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which last week won the Nobel Peace Prize, has said that the Russian and US-imposed deadline of a year for Syrian chemical disarmament will not be met.

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