Anshel Pfeffer

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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Gaza: The war that worked

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 22, 2012

Israel breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday as a military operation which could have gone one of two ways avoided a ground war.

As the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire came into effect, tens of thousands of Israeli ground troops, many of them reservists who had been summoned days earlier from their homes, were stood down.

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Even-handed Morsi is Israel’s biggest win

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 22, 2012

Israeli officials say that the behaviour of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is “perhaps the biggest achievement for Israel in the entire operation” as the Muslim Brotherhood leader emerged as the mediator between Israel and Hamas.

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Missile defence system delayed ground invasion, say experts

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 22, 2012

Many defence experts said that it would be technologically impossible and prohibitively expensive to design a system capable of tracking and destroying incoming rockets with interceptor missiles.

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Tel Aviv bus bomb planted by Hamas cell, says Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 22, 2012

For the first time in more than 10 years, a terrorist bomb was detonated on a bus in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

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Olmert versus Adelson: the gloves are off

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 15, 2012

The aftermath of the US presidential elections has spilled over into the Israeli election campaign as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s most vocal critic and staunchest supporter engaged in a high-profile war of words.

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Will Netanyahu's show of strength bear fruit?

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 15, 2012

Hamas Chief of Staff Ahmed Jabari believed that the latest round of warfare between Israel and Palestinian terrorists in Gaza was over by Wednesday. The Israeli Air Force had not attacked any targets in the Strip in response to the barrage of rocket attacks on the south of Israel.

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Israeli government to invest in promoting the country to the world

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 9, 2012

The Israeli government is planning a major investment to promote Jewish and Israeli culture around the world as part of a strategic shift in its relationship with the Jewish diaspora.

One of the details of the plan is the establishment of cultural centres — based on the British Council model — in conurbations where there are large Jewish communities.

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Abbas relinquished the Palestinian 'right of return' to please Israeli voters

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 8, 2012

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has had a shot at making the peace process an issue in the upcoming Israeli elections.

In an interview with Channel Two last week, he effectively relinquished the Palestinian “right of return” to all parts of what used to be Palestine and is today Israel.

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National Religious Party to cause a headache for Bibi

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 8, 2012

The leadership primaries of the National Religious Party, Habayit Hayehudi, are likely to cause headaches for Benjamin Netanyahu as his former chief of staff, Naftali Bennett, was elected as the new party leader.

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Israeli chefs in London restaurant for reality tv

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 8, 2012

Six Israeli chefs will spend a month in one of London’s leading restaurants in an Israeli reality TV show next year.

The show will be an adaptation of LA LA Land, in which a group of Israeli singers live in Los Angeles and are given an opportunity to make it on the international stage.

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Mystery of Israeli Sudan attack solved?

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 2, 2012

The most credible information coming out of Sudan over the past week came from an NGO set up by Hollywood megastar George Clooney.

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Israel to give Churchill recognition for his warm ties with the State

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 2, 2012

A bust of Britain’s wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill, will be unveiled in central Jerusalem on Sunday in a ceremony commemorating his contribution to the founding of the state of Israel and his warm ties with the Jewish people.

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Israel elections: Livni faces the parties as Olmert faces the next step

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 1, 2012

The political scene in Israel is expecting a return to the fray by Tzipi Livni, the former Kadima leader, although no one is sure yet — not even Livni herself — which party she will choose.

Seven months after she resigned from the Knesset following her defeat by Shaul Mofaz in Kadima’s leadership primaries, Ms Livni is already talking like a politician competing for votes.

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Israel elections: Bibi’s right hook alliance with Lieberman

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 1, 2012

Three months before Israel’s general elections, all the polls had the Likud becoming the largest party in the next Knesset and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a clear course to form the next coalition.

So why did Mr Netanyahu surprise even his closest cabinet colleagues last week by announcing that Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu would be running on a joint candidates’ list?

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Assassination in Beirut leads to demonstrations in Lebanon

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 26, 2012

Major General Wissam al-Hassan was a marked man years before he was assassinated by a massive car bomb in Beirut last Friday.

In Lebanon, military and security services are split by allegiances to different parties and ethnic groups. Al-Hassan’s loyalties were to the anti-Syrian March 14 coalition and the Hariri clan.

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Tzipi Livni to challenge Bibi in her return to politics

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 25, 2012

Former deputy prime minister Tzipi Livni is planning a return to the political arena at the head of a new centrist party, challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and her former party, Kadima, in the upcoming elections.

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Middle East power shift as Emir visits Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 25, 2012

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s brief visit to Gaza on Tuesday lasted only a few hours, yet it signalled not only one more step towards the Hamas government’s exit from isolation, but also deeper power shifts in the Middle East. It was followed by salvoes of missiles fired at Israeli targets, with rare Hamas participation.

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