Anshel Pfeffer

Israel may abandon Oslo Accords at UN

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 28, 2011

The Israeli government is considering abrogating the Oslo Accords if the Palestinian Authority gains recognition of an independent state at the United Nations General Assembly in September.

The Oslo agreement, signed in 1993, aimed to create a framework for talks between the two sides.

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Israelis camp out in house price protest

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2011

July is a usually month in which Tel Avivians seek refuge from the sweltering heat in air-conditioned havens.
This time around, however, hundreds of students and young people have decided to sleep under the sky, erecting a couple of hundred tents along the well-to-do Rothschild Boulevard in protest over the rising housing and rent prices.

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Last flotilla boat taken to Ashdod

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2011

Sixteen passengers of the yacht Dignite al-Karama were taken into custody on Tuesday after Israeli naval commandos boarded the boat about 65 nautical miles off the coast of Gaza.

The ten activists, three journalists and three crew members did not try to resist the boarding and the yacht changed course for Ashdod Port.

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Palestinians: no to peace

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2011

An opinion survey carried out in the West Bank and Gaza shows a Palestinian public largely against a peace solution with Israel.

In a survey carried out by the Palestinian Centre for Public Opinion, only 34 per cent of the sample accepted US President Barack Obama's proposal of a two-state solution, while 61 per cent rejected it.

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For Bibi, this is about staying king of the castle

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2011

The next Israeli general election may not take place until mid-2013, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is already trying to position himself.

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Israeli left takes on boycott law

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2011

The law passed last week by the Knesset that places sanctions on those who call for a boycott of settlement produce is now heading for the legal arena - and the marketplace.

Activists from the left-wing party Meretz have launched a campaign on the web and in supermarkets to enable the public to identify products made in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

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'Rachel Corrie was cynically sent to front'

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 14, 2011

The Haifa District Court this week heard from the last witness in the civilian lawsuit being brought against the state of Israel by the parents of Rachel Corrie, the activist killed by an IDF bulldozer in 2003 in Gaza.

Colonel Pinhas Zuaretz (ret), who commanded the southern sector of the Gaza Strip at the time of Corrie's death, said in court that she had been sent to stand there by a terroris

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Delicious. Shame about the MidEast

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 14, 2011

The members of the Middle East Quartet met on Monday for meetings on renewing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and a long dinner in Washington.

Despite the urgency of finding a way to restart negotiations before the United Nations General Assembly meeting in September, the Quartet failed to reach an agreed framework and did not release a joint statement following their

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Hizbollah holds fire on Hariri

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2011

The announcement last week by a UN tribunal that it would file indictments against four members of Hizbollah over the murder of Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 drew the expected response.

Sheikh Nasrallah said in a fiery speech that he would not deliver his men, "not even in 300 years", and presented documents and videos that, according to him, proved Israeli influence over the tri

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Oil treasure in valley where David and Goliath fought

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2011

The biblical battlefield between David and Goliath is about to become the scene of an altogether more modern confrontation: between oil drillers and environmentalists.

Jews have for generations been complaining that while the Arab nations have enjoyed hundreds of billions of petrodollars, Israel, which is in the same region, is almost barren of carbon-based energy resources.

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Israel in bind over policy towards Assad regime

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2011

Five months into the nascent Syrian revolution and Israel has yet to come up with a new policy towards its northern neighbour.

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Flotilla sends Greece and Turkey into arms of Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2011

Both Israel and Turkey are eager to put the last two and a half years behind them. All that is needed now, according to Turkish daily Hurriet, is "to find a word that sounds in Turkish like an apology but not in Hebrew".

This weekend could prove critical.

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Sunk: the Gaza flotilla stays in Greece

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2011

The second flotilla to Gaza seems to have ended up as two small boats.

Meanwhile, security forces in Israel are preparing for an "airlift" of hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists planning to land at Ben-Gurion Airport this weekend.

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What Gaza really needs: not a boat-load of activists

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2011

Almost six years since Israel disengaged from the Gaza Strip, nothing there is what it seems.

A Hamas junta rules, but the civilian government departments are run from the PA in Ramallah, financed by money Israel allows to go through.

A blockade is ostensibly in place, but hundreds of lorries go through the crossings from Israel every day, carrying almost everything except what is now a limi

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Settler rabbi arrested for 'incitement'

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2011

The arrest this week of the Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba, Dov Lior, on suspicion of incitement has provoked outrage from the religious right and a rare statement by the Attorney General that "no one is above the law".

Rabbi Lior, one of the spiritual leaders of the settlers, had already been questioned by police five months ago.

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Israeli navy on alert as second Gaza flotilla looms

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2011

The boats of the second Gaza flotilla are expected finally to set sail this weekend from the Greek coast.

The flotilla was initially planned to sail on Tuesday but a number of delays, including a mysteriously broken propeller shaft and anonymous complaints to the Greek Coast Guard, have delayed embarkation.

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Israelis train for attack

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2011

Israel this week completed a five-day national emergency exercise designed to test the co-operation between the IDF, civilian emergency services, government departments and local authorities in the case of missiles being fired on Israeli cities.

The scenario for the annual exercise was a war in which missiles are fired on Israel from Lebanon, Syria, the Gaza Strip and Iran.

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Israel tells Apple: drop intifada app

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2011

The Israeli government is demanding that Apple remove an app called "The Third Palestinian Intifada" from its online store.

The iPhone application, designed by a software company in Dubai, supplies users with information in Arabic on upcoming demonstrations against Israel in the West Bank and on the country's borders, as well as anti-Israel articles and photographs of protesters killed by Israe

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He's angry, then hugging Shakira: is Peres all right?

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2011

Shimon Peres is a president for all occasions.

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Israel and Turkey edge to détente

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2011

Israel and Turkey are working to resolve the diplomatic differences that have clouded the once "strategic" relationship between the two countries.

Israeli officials have interpreted the recent announcement by Turkish movement IHH that it would not be participating in the upcoming flotilla to Gaza as a signal of the willingness of the government in Ankara to improve relations.

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