Anshel Pfeffer

Deep fissures appear at the top over Israel’s settlement policy

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 3, 2013

Ron Prosor, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, provoked fury at a gathering of the country’s envoys on Monday when he questioned the timing of the government’s announcement last month that it would push for construction to begin in the controversial E1 corridor east of Jerusalem.

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A re-elected Benjamin Netanyahu may face paralysis

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 27, 2012

Right now, there is only one date that matters for Israel’s future: January 23 — the day after the general election.

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Naftali Bennett is reshaping Israeli politics

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 27, 2012

In what was seen originally as a predictable election campaign, the surprise development so far is being supplied by a party that was written off not long ago.

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Israel in talks with West on Syria strikes

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 27, 2012

Israel has held talks with its Western allies and the Jordanian government over the possibility of attacking Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles.

Officials involved in these talks have confirmed their existence and said that Israel was dissuaded from carrying out pre-emptive attacks.

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Thousands flee Assad’s rockets

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 20, 2012

At times this week, it seemed as if the entire southern Syrian province of Deraa had emptied itself into the Zaatari refugee camp over the border in Jordan. As far as the eye could see, new tents and trailers were being prepared for the thousands of new refugees streaming across the border to join the 32,000 already there.

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Fear in Jordan over jihadist ‘black hole’

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 20, 2012

Syria is on the brink of becoming “a black hole sucking in jihadis from around the world”, warned a senior Jordanian official in Amman this week.

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Lieberman is down — but never say out

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 20, 2012

Attorney-general Yehuda Weinstein’s announcement last week that the state prosecution was dropping the main charges against Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, indicting him on only one minor charge of breach of trust, opened up yet another chapter in the never-ending legal saga.

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Olmert out as Kadima falls apart

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 13, 2012

The Israeli general elections began in earnest last weekend as the parties filed their final candidate lists.

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Why Middle East is the land of the rising Sunnis

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 13, 2012

The identity of some of the foreign generals who attended a secret conference convened last month by Britain’s Chief of Defence Staff General Sir David Richards may seem, at first, surprising.

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Fatah joins Hamas for relaunch of the ultimate mission: destroy Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 13, 2012

The head of Hamas’s political bureau, Khaled Mashaal, announced on Saturday in Gaza that the terrorist movement would continue its armed struggle against Israel, adding that Hamas was seeking to co-ordinate its actions with Fatah and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

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Labour glammed-up but not hot for power

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 7, 2012

V This could have been Shelly Yachimovich’s week. With a fresh and attractive list emerging from the Labour primaries and the launch of her new economic plan, probably the most comprehensive social and fiscal manifesto ever published by an Israeli party, she should have been well on her way to setting the election’s agenda and re-establishing Labour as a viable political force.

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Livni gathers old faces to her new party Hatnua

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 6, 2012

In a mad scramble to hand in their candidate lists for the Knesset elections by the deadline on Thursday night, the Israeli political parties engaged in a last round of horse-trading this week, with veteran MKs and aspiring parliamentarians jockeying for “safe” spots.

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Why was Ayalon dumped from Yisrael Beiteinu?

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 6, 2012

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s decision to his drop is deputy, Danny Ayalon, from the list of Yisrael Beiteinu candidates was expected by no-one, including Mr Ayalon himself.

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Fresh fears over Syrian chemical weapons

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 6, 2012

Reports that the Syrian regime may be about to deploy chemical weapons have raised concerns in the region that the civil war in the country may be entering an even bloodier stage.

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E-1: The facts on the ground

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 6, 2012

For two decades, the parcel of land known as E-1 has become a symbol for all sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For the Israeli right, E-1 is a vital neighbourhood in Greater Jerusalem that must be built to stop illegal Arab building around the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

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Hamas arms network down but not yet out

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 29, 2012

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh denied over the weekend that the terror group would agree to stop smuggling arms and missiles to Gaza through the tunnels under Rafah. Israel is demanding an end to the smuggling in the ongoing talks in Cairo over the terms of the ceasefire agreement.

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Israel bows to inevitable outcome of UN bid

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 29, 2012

The Israeli government realised last week that the Palestinian bid for upgraded diplomatic status at the United Nations was inevitable and that it would be better not to make a doomed effort to prevent it.

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The ceasefire has began, Israel reinforces the Iron Dome

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 29, 2012

Following the success of the Iron Dome system during Operation Pillar of Defence, another element of Israel’s planned “multi-layer” defence shield was successfully test-fired this week.

The “David’s Sling” system is de-signed to protect Israel from medium-to-long-range missiles of the kind in Hizbollah and Syrian arsenals.

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Barak leaves the election race, but is by no means gone

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 29, 2012

Defence Minister Ehud Barak surprised both the political and security establishments when he announced on Monday that he would not run in the forthcoming elections. And, once a new government is formed, he says, he will vacate his office “to allow other people to come in.”

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Meridor and Begin off the Likud list but Feiglin is on

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 29, 2012

Likud took a sharp turn to the right this week as the party members elected the Knesset candidates list for the elections on January 22.

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