Anshel Pfeffer

Is the Fatah-Hamas deal a disaster?

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 5, 2011

"From my perspective, the Hamas-Fatah deal is fiction," said the IDF officer, looking out from a hilltop over the northern West Bank city of Jenin on Wednesday morning. "None of the Palestinian local representatives or security officers I have spoken to over the past week have said that it changes anything for them."

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Barenboim takes orchestra to Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 5, 2011

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim took a 25-strong orchestra to the Gaza Strip on Monday evening to perform a concert of works by Mozart.

The musicians flew from Berlin to El Arish in Egypt and entered Gaza from the Rafah crossing since, as an Israeli citizen, Mr Barenboim is forbidden from entering the Gaza Strip.

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Assassination will not alter our tactics, say Shin Bet

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 5, 2011

Senior Israeli officials said this week that they do not believe the killing of Osama bin Laden will have a noticeable effect on the security situation in the region.

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Hamas-Fatah alliance wipes away assumptions about Palestinian state

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

It may not have been as dramatic as the sudden toppling of an 80-year-old dictator, but the announcement on Wednesday evening of the signing of an agreement between the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority and Hamas was a direct development of the winds of change blowing through the Arab world.

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Activist death reveals Hamas's struggle in Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

Hamas forces killed two of the alleged murderers of Italian International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist Vittorio Arrigoni in a shoot-out in Gaza last week.

Arrigoni, who spent nearly three years in Gaza, was kidnapped and murdered by a Salafist group, opposed to Hamas, in retaliation for the imprisonment of the movement's leader.

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'Israel funded Argentina in Falklands war'

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

A new book claims the late Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin supported emergency arms shipments to the Argentine military at the height of the Falklands War.

It is claimed that Mr Begin's supposed hatred of the British from his days fighting the pre-independence mandate led to the move.

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Joseph's Tomb killing was 'not terror attack'

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

The death of 24-year-old Breslav Chasid Ben-Yossef Livnat in Nablus on Sunday was described by the IDF as a "serious event" but not a terror attack.

The settlers, though, had no doubts: their friend had been murdered by Palestinian policemen because he was a Jew.

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Certainty goes up in flames as Syria riots

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

Despite promising political reform and a repeal of the country's emergency laws last week, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ordered his army to quell the pro-democracy protests in a number of cities.

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Bus missile victim dies after coma

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2011

Daniel Viflic, the 16-year-old Yeshiva student who was critically wounded in the missile attack on a school bus two weeks ago, passed away on Sunday after spending ten days in a coma.

The missile was launched by the military wing of Hamas from within the Gaza Strip and hit a bus that had just dropped off dozens of school children at nearby Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

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The silent Charedi revolution

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2011

"The best solutions for the Charedi community can come from within the community, and nowhere else," says Yossi Deitch, chairman and one of the founders of the Kemach Foundation, as he looks through the personal files of some of the thousands of Charedi men and women who his organisation is helping into the workplace.

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Goldstone's colleagues turn on him

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2011

Three members of the panel that investigated Operation Cast Lead in Gaza two years ago have published a joint statement accusing the chairman of the group, Richard Goldstone, of "misrepresenting the facts" following his retraction of the report.

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'Cold-blooded' confession from DNA pair to Fogel murders

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2011

"This was the most shocking murder I have ever looked into," said one veteran Shin Bet investigator after a five-week inquiry into the murder of the Fogel family in Itamar.

Two suspects whose culpability, the authorities argue, is in little doubt after DNA traces linked them to the scene of the attack, now await a military trial.

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Did Israel really hit a Hyundai in Sudan?

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2011

Mystery still surrounds the attack last week on a car killing two men near the Red Sea coast of Sudan, but it bears all the hallmarks of another strike in Israel's campaign against arms smuggling to Hamas and Hizbollah.

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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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