Anshel Pfeffer

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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Israel in tears over soldier who was abducted - then wasn't

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 7, 2014

For long hours on Friday, the IDF believed Hamas may have succeeded in capturing Lieutenant Hadar Goldin and spiriting him away through a tunnel to Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

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Truce holds but both sides keep fingers on trigger

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 7, 2014

Israeli negotiators were seeking to hammer out a lasting truce with Hamas as the JC went to press on Wednesday night.

It is unclear, however, what that agreement will look like as Hamas refuses to contemplate dismantling its military infrastructure and the Israeli government has yet to formulate a detailed alternative to its policy of blockading the Gaza Strip.

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Increased West Bank terror

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 7, 2014

As the ceasefire in Gaza went into effect this week, fears are growing of a wave of terror attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

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Israel agonises over endgame as truces turn to dust

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 31, 2014

As the conflict in Gaza entered its fourth week and the prospects of a ceasefire looked slim, the Israeli security cabinet was split over whether to expand the operation and strike at the Hamas leadership or to continue a limited action to eradicate the terror group's tunnels.

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Why global governments have not turned on Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 31, 2014

Israeli diplomats and government officials have expressed surprise that the global media coverage of the secenes of devastation in Gaza have not sparked a diplomatic backlash and pressure on Israel to immediately end its ground operation in Gaza.

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Dismay as Iran nuclear talks unresolved

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2014

Israeli officials are sceptical that an extended deadline for reaching a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear programme will block its attempts to achieve a nuclear weapon.

Talks between Iran and the P5+1 world powers group broke up last Friday in Vienna having failed to reach an agreement. The deadline has been put back by four months.

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President's swearing-in scaled back due to war

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 24, 2014

The tenth president of Israel, Reuven "Rubi" Rivlin, was sworn in at the Knesset today in a ceremony shortened because of the ongoing fighting in Gaza. Farewell celebrations for outgoing President Shimon Peres were postponed.

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