Anshel Pfeffer

NGO law has boosted the narrative that Israel’s democracy is dying

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 12, 2016

It’s hard to take seriously the reactions to the NGO law, which passed its final reading by a 57-48 majority on Monday night in the Knesset.

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New dawn in Africa-Israel ties

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to four African nations this week was both a personal pilgrimage and a further sign of Israel's attempts to broaden its strategic ties beyond its traditional Western allies.

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Turkey to pay for Gaza building projects

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2016

The Turkish government will be allowed to sponsor major infrastructure projects in Gaza as part of its new agreement with Israel.

While senior officials in Jerusalem hope that this will help prolong the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, they are also concerned that the projects could become flashpoints between the two countries in the future.

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Palestinian terror is not going away any time soon

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2016

The recent outbreak of violence around Hebron and in other parts of Israel and the West Bank is reminiscent of the previous wave of attacks that began last October.

The causes of the violence are largely the same: renewed tension around Temple Mount in Jerusalem, growing frustration with both Israel's military occupation and the dysfunctional Palestinian Authority, and anti-Israel incitement on

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Netanyahu faces new investigation

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing a new police investigation into fresh claims that he received funds from abroad.

No other information has yet emerged about the probe which, according to two of Israel's most prominent investigative journalists, has been going on for at least a month. No official source has confirmed its existence.

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Israeli diplomats regret loss of UK influence on EU

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2016

Israel had no public or official position on last Thursday's referendum.

The consensus within the diplomatic service was that Britain's exit from the European Union would be disadvantageous for Israel, which has often relied on British backing in European forums.

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Rebooted Israel-Turkey ties down to diminished Erdogan

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2016

The restoration of full diplomatic relations between Israel and Turkey this week begs the question: how did two nations, which not that long ago were strategic allies and had all the makings of natural partners, ever reach this point?

The prevailing view in the Israeli diplomatic and security establishments is that there is one main figure to blame - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Abbas 'blood libel' reveals shift in the diplomatic war

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2016

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has retracted the claim he made last week in the European Parliament that rabbis had called for the poisoning of West Bank wells.

In his speech in Brussels, President Abbas said that "only a week ago, a number of rabbis in Israel announced, and made a clear announcement, demanding that their government poison the water to kill the Palestinians." The accusatio

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Super-jet delivery imminent

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2016

The first F-35 fighter-jet made for the Israeli Air Force was rolled out in Fort Worth in Texas on Wednesday at a ceremony attended by Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

The stealth jet is the first of 33 ordered by Israel, which intends to eventually purchase 75 planes.

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Talks over multi-billion US aid to Israel faltering

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2016

Israel's Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, tried to wrap up negotiations on a new defence aid agreement with the US during his visit to the Pentagon in Washington this week.

The talks over a new ten-year deal have faltered over disagreements both between the two countries and in Jerusalem.

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NGO 'transparency' bill discussed in Knesset

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is once again pushing the "NGO law", which will force Israeli human rights groups to disclose funding from foreign governments.

However, those in the Israeli government behind the legislation have softened the law's original draft in the wake of international pressure.

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New party could yet rise up from anti-Bibi cauldron

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2016

The two last men to serve as Benjamin Netanyahu's defence ministers, Ehud Barak and Moshe Yaalon, have delivered a series of stinging speeches and interviews in which they attack the prime minister's leadership and the extreme direction in which they claim he has taken Likud.

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On-the-run rabbi faces extradition over sex charges

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2016

Rabbi Eliezer Berland, leader of one of the largest groups of Breslov Chassidim, is facing extradition from South Africa to Israel following a three-year odyssey in which he has evaded charges of sexual assault.

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This is the age of the 'individual's intifada'

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2016

After three deadly terror attacks over the past week - in Tel Aviv, Orlando and Magnanville - British security experts have warned that the principal danger posed to the Jewish community comes from similar lone wolf terrorists or small cells.

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Keep calm, order coffee and carry on

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2016

The Israeli response to the terror attack in which four diners in the Max Brenner restaurant were murdered could seem harsh.

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She won't hesistate to yell at Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2016

In a CNN interview two years ago, Hillary Clinton, then former Secretary of State, today the Democratic candidate for President of the United States, characterised her relationship with Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu as "very good".

This, she explained, was "because we can yell at each other, and we do. And I was often the designated yeller".

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New legal trouble for Bibi

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 9, 2016

A new legal headache was created for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week when it was revealed that Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit was examining allegations made in the fraud trial of French businessman Arnaud Mimran.

Mr Mimran, who was close to Mr Netanyahu before he was re-elected prime minister in 2009, has claimed that he gave him 170,000 euros for his political campaign.

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In Russia, with love

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 9, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a series of security and commerce-related agreements with Russia during a visit to Moscow this week.

The visit commemorated 25 years since the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries and was a sign of the improving ties between their leaders.

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Bennett attack on Bibi may herald coalition changes

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 9, 2016

The ink on the new coalition agreement appointing Avigdor Lieberman as defence minister and bringing his party into government had barely dried last week when a new row began brewing.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Jewish Home Party, launched a series of attacks on the new diplomatic initiative being talked up by the Prime Minister and Mr Lieberman.

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Iranian ‘moderates’ face the chop

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 2, 2016

An open power struggle is breaking out in Iran between the relatively moderate faction led by President Hassan Rouhani and the more hardline coalition backed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

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