Anshel Pfeffer

Terrorists targeting Pesach tourists

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2011

The coming Pesach holiday has been identified by Israel's intelligence experts as a particularly sensitive period for terror attacks on Jewish targets around the world.

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Battle over? Few even know when it began

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2011

Establishing the time frame of the latest round of hostilities around the Gaza Strip appears simple. They began a week ago, on Thursday afternoon, when an advanced anti-tank missile slammed into a school bus at the Sa'ad Junction, 3km from the Gaza border.

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Goldstone refuses to have report cancelled

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2011

Although the Israeli government is trying to cancel the Goldstone Report on Operation Cast Lead, the Foreign Ministry believes that the chances are nil and Judge Richard Goldstone himself, despite his retraction of part of the report's conclusion, has also said he will not co-operate in the efforts to have it cancelled.

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Israel fears Obama's wrath at UN

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2011

The Israeli government is worried that the Obama administration has decided not to block attempts to recognise an independent Palestinian state at the United Nations General Assembly in September.

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Avigdor Lieberman indicted but not out

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2011

He may have finally been indicted, but in the political arena, Avigdor Lieberman still holds all the cards.

With the best legal expertise shekels can buy, the Foreign Minister knows he can afford to play a waiting game.

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Israel calls for Goldstone report to be retracted

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

The Israeli government has called for an official retraction of the Goldstone Report on Operation Cast Lead in Gaza following Judge Richard Goldstone's admission that, contrary to his original report, Israel did not intentionally target civilians and the IDF had properly investigated any allegations of misconduct by its soldiers.

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New bid to jumpstart Middle East peace

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

Forty prominent Israeli opinion-makers, including former senior officers in the IDF and other Israeli security services, have published a new peace initiative, including the foundation of a Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem and an Israeli retreat from the Golan Heights.

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Mega-donors plan a Jewish Al-Jazeera

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

A group of Jewish philanthropists is planning to create an international television news channel to counter the influence of outlets like Al-Jazeera.

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Why Israel is signing up to Facebook

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

The Israeli Foreign Ministry is planning to use Facebook for a major PR campaign that it hopes will touch millions of internet users around the world and bypass the often hostile mainstream media.

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Obama set for fresh Middle East peace drive

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

United States President Barack Obama told Israeli President Shimon Peres at a meeting in Washington this week that he is set to launch a fresh campaign to kick-start the peace process.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Peres said: "Obama is prepared to launch a diplomatic initiative but only on the condition that it does not remain a one-time gesture."

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Concern for Israel as new Egypt emerges

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

Clouds are continuing to gather over Israel's relations with Egypt following the fall of the Mubarak regime.

On Sunday, in an interview with Egyptian state television, Foreign Minister Nabil Al-Arabi said that while Egypt remains committed to the peace accords it signed with Israel, they did not mean that the two countries should have warm relations.

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Outrage over AMIA Iran probe

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 31, 2011

A diplomatic storm is brewing between Israel and Argentina over the Iran-linked bombings of the Jewish community centre and the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires over 15 years ago.

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Israel's aid package to Jews fleeing Tunisian turmoil

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 31, 2011

The Israeli cabinet authorised on Sunday a special aid deal for Jewish families planning to emigrate from Tunisia to Israel following the revolution there three months ago.

So far, 25 families have applied for Israeli citizenship and more are expected to do so over the next few weeks.

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Next Shin Bet chief's religious advantage

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 31, 2011

Yoram Cohen is to be appointed in two months as the next chief of Israel's internal security organisation, the Shin Bet.

Mr Cohen, 51, was the deputy of current Shin Bet chief, Yuval Diskin, who will be stepping down after six years.

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Netanyahu sues over freebie claims

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 31, 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has filed libel suits against Channel 10 and Ma'ariv newspaper over allegations that he accepted a series of expensive freebies from wealthy associates.

Last week, a Channel 10 report alleged that, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Mr Netanyahu took lavish foreign trips at the expense of Jewish organisations and private philanthropists.

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D-Day at the UN: Israel's grand plan

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 31, 2011

The Israeli government has launched a diplomatic campaign to block plans by the Palestinian Authority to gain United Nations recognition for an independent state in September.

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'Katzav used his position to commit crime'

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 24, 2011

The eighth president of Israel will enter a prison cell on May 8.

Moshe Katzav was sentenced on Tuesday to seven years' imprisonment, and ordered to pay compensation of £15,000 and £4,000 to two women whom he had raped and sexually attacked.

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Bombing back in Israel, but not as we knew it

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 24, 2011

The horrific bombing of Jerusalem's central bus station this week that killed a 59-year-old woman and wounded 30 others was the first major terror attack on Israel's capital in almost three years.

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'Nakba Law prevents free expression'

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 24, 2011

On Tuesday the Knesset passed two laws: one to protect Israel's Zionist history, and another allowing small towns to prevent certain families from becoming residents.

Both laws have been attacked by left-wing parties and human rights groups as being targeted at Israel's Arab minority.

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They say it is impossible, but Syrians may yet uproot Assad

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 24, 2011

Only a week ago, no-one was willing to put good money on the chances of Syria being the next Arab state to be engulfed by pro-democracy demonstrations.

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