Anshel Pfeffer

Cameron: I stand with you

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 13, 2014

In his address to the Knesset on Wednesday, Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed Britain’s commitment to Israel’s security and the peace process and reiterated his steadfast opposition to any legislation against shechita in Britain.

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Revolution unleashes new fears in Kiev

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 27, 2014

Ukraine’s Jews are torn over how to respond to a rise in antisemitic attacks and a victorious revolutionary force that has racists in its ranks.

The opposition groups that ousted the government last weekend included two openly antisemitic parties.

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Bubble fear as Viber sells for £900m

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 20, 2014

The $900 million purchase of Viber Media by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten this week provides a further boost to the Israeli technology sector.

Viber’s main asset is the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) which allows phone-calls to be made via the internet, an application particularly popular in the Middle East.

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Abbas charm offensive but Erekat hostile

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 20, 2014

As America prepares to present the Israelis and Palestinians with the framework for an agreement it hopes will guarantee peace talks for the rest of the year, the Palestinian leadership has embarked on a combined charm-threat offensive.

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Israeli concern over Iran nuclear talks in Vienna

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 20, 2014

The Israeli government is concerned that the cordial but insubstantial tones of the nuclear talks taking place in Vienna this week are the start of prolonged negotiations which will allow Iran to increase its nuclear
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Civil rights protesters attack boycott law

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 20, 2014

The anti-boycott law passed by the Knesset two years ago was challenged in Israel’s High Court on Sunday.

Civil-rights groups petitioned for a change claiming it unfairly limited freedom of speech.

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Interview: Naftali Bennett in London

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 20, 2014

“If you say the right things, then you’re very popular,” says Economy Minister and Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett with an ironic smile. “The media embraces you, the world embraces you, but in the end it will be my children and me paying the price. I’m not prepared to give up the truth for popularity.”

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Foreign Minister Lieberman drops his peace talks scepticism

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 14, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has attacked the right-wing members of the government who oppose the American peace initiative in a speech that was seen by many as a departure from Mr Lieberman’s own sceptical positions towards the diplomatic process.

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West Bank annex law blocked

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 13, 2014

Last Sunday, the cabinet legislative committee voted down a proposal to apply Israeli law to parts of the West Bank and allow unlimited building in the settlements.

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‘Abject failure’ on Jewish refugees from Arab-lands claims

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 13, 2014

Israeli citizens who emigrated from Arab countries and their descendants will find it difficult to claim compensation for property left behind because the government failed to properly document their claims.

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Charedi battle to stay out of the IDF is ripping Israel apart

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 13, 2014

The new national-service law, now in its final legislative stages, is causing tension both within the coalition and the strictly Orthodox community.

A committee headed by Habayit Hayehudi MK Ayelet Shaked began voting this week on clauses including the quotas of Charedim required to join the army and the length of service for other sections of the population.

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A synthetic emergency? Israel divided over boycott ‘threat’

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 7, 2014

Is Israel facing a debilitating wave of economic boycotts or is the sudden rise in reports on financial organisations planning to divest and threats of impending catastrophe just a storm in a teacup that will blow over the moment the media finds something else to interest it? It depends very much who you ask.

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Eilat attack reveals reach of new Sinai jihadi group

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

A rocket fired from Sinai towards Eilat on Friday night was intercepted by an Iron Dome battery and destroyed in the air before it could cause any damage.

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the jihadist organisation that has been sowing terror in Egypt, took responsibility. This was the second such attack on Eilat in less than two weeks.

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High Court push to speed up IDF draft law

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

The Israeli High Court order on Tuesday to prevent the government from funding Charedi yeshivahs for students whose IDF draft has been deferred has added extra urgency to the move to pass a new national service law in the Knesset.

The 8-1 ruling by the nine Supreme Court judges came following a petition by the Hiddush lobby group against the state for not drafting the students.

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Israeli pilots jailed over maps leak

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

Fourteen Israeli combat pilots have been disciplined for storing secret maps and operational documents on their smart-phones. Two received short military prison sentences and the rest received suspended sentences and fines.

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Israel steeled as Syria delays chemical weapons detox

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

The dismantlement of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal has stalled.

Two deadlines for the removal of the deadliest toxins have passed but only about four per cent of the chemicals have left the country.

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Bennett lights fire under coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

Irael’s governing coalition has cracked and teetered in recent weeks but somehow remained intact.

This week, however, Economics Minister Naftali Bennett issued his strongest threat so far to leave the government.

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Israeli presidential race kicks off

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 31, 2014

Nine candidates are already setting out their campaigns for the presidential race with Shimon Peres scheduled to end his seven-year team in July.

The president of Israel is elected by the Knesset. All 11 presidents since the country’s foundation had been active in politics; nine of them were serving or former parliamentarians before their election.

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Winter Olympics will be safe, says rabbi of Sochi

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 31, 2014

Security experts and local Jewish figures have dismissed reports of terror threats during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics opening next week in Russia.

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Ex-security chief backs West Bank pullout ‘once talks fail’

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 30, 2014

Israel’s former military intelligence chief, Amos Yadlin, called for Israel to consider a “co-ordinated unilateral” withdrawal from most of the West Bank if the talks with the Palestinians fail.

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