Anshel Pfeffer

Analysis: Israel agonises over Bedouin land crisis

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 5, 2013

Ironically perhaps, as the world waits for the Prawer-Begin Plan for the Arrangement of Bedouin Settlement in the Negev to clear its final legislative hurdles in the Knesset and the bulldozers to start demolishing the homes of over 30,000 Bedouin slated for resettlement, the only person who has actually lost out so far is Benny Begin.

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Herzog won Labour by talking diplomacy

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 28, 2013

Hilik Bar, secretary-general of the Israeli Labour Party, is sitting puffy-eyed in his Knesset office. As the party’s organisational head, last week’s primaries were his responsibility and he is still catching up on lost sleep.

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How will the nuclear inspections work?

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 28, 2013

The interim agreement signed by Iran and the world powers is based on the assumption that a six-month period will be sufficient to ascertain whether Iran has begun developing its nuclear programme for peaceful or military purposes.

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Baroness Catherine Ashton: The diplomatic and political novice who makes the negotiations happen

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 28, 2013

American Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are the undisputed parents of the nuclear agreement reached on Sunday morning in Geneva, with certain bragging rights going to the diplomats who tended the secret and unofficial back-channel meetings that took place between the two countries in the months before the deal.

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Israel’s leaders divided over Iranian nuclear deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 28, 2013

The interim agreement signed in Geneva in the early hours of Sunday morning was met with a mixture of derision and alarm by most of Israel’s political leadership. However, former intelligence chiefs and President Shimon Peres gave the deal a much more nuanced reception.

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Fears of Syria gas attack recede

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 22, 2013

The Israeli cabinet will vote in the coming weeks on whether suspend the distribution of gas masks to civilians following the dramatic reduction in Syrian chemical weapons stockpiles.

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Iran says Israel was behind embassy bomb blast

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 21, 2013

At least 25 people, including an Iranian diplomat, were killed and 160 wounded in Beirut on Tuesday morning in a double bomb attack outside the Iranian embassy.

A group with links to al Qaeda took responsibility for the attack.

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Open warfare erupts among coalition MKs

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 21, 2013

The differences between the governing Israeli parties on key issues are beginning to create open tension.

Two weeks ago, the friction was mainly between right-wing Habayit Hayehudi and centre-left Ha’tnuah over the peace talks with the Palestinians.

In recent days, the unrest has spread and is now undermining the alliance between Habayit Hayehudi and centrist Yesh Atid.

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Israel-US relations are in crisis - and Netanyahu has misread the Americans

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 21, 2013

The crisis between Israel and the United States over the impending nuclear agreement with Iran is escalating.
Last Wednesday, in a meeting with the Senate Banking Committee in Washington which was discussing a new round of sanctions on Iran, State Secretary John Kerry repeatedly said to the senators “you have to ignore what they

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Iran talks: closing in on a deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 21, 2013

The third round of nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council along with Germany began on Wednesday amid growing expectations that, this time, an agreement will be signed before the talks break up. While the round is scheduled to end on Friday night, all sides are prepared to continue into the weekend.

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Shimon Peres in new party talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 15, 2013

President Shimon Peres is holding closed talks on the foundation of a new political party that will launch after his presidential term ends next year.

The new party is expected to promote a diplomatic solution with the Palestinians and field a Knesset list that includes former security chiefs.

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Labour primaries barely register in Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 15, 2013

The leadership election for Israel’s Labour party will take place next week but has so far failed to attract much media attention.

Most observers are assuming that the current leader, Shelly Yachimovich, will win.

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Israeli government build new towns on Bedouin land

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 14, 2013

The Israeli government authorised on Sunday the construction of two new towns in the Negev Desert on land partly occupied by a Bedouin tribe.

The community of Hiran will be built for the national-religious community while the town of Kassif is to be marketed mainly to the strictly-Orthodox.

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Settlement plans cause havoc in peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 14, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forced this week to freeze plans to construct 24,000 new homes in the West Bank following American and Palestinian protests over the move.

The Housing Ministry, headed by Minister Uri Ariel from the Jewish Home party, had been on the point of publishing tenders for several building projects in the settlements.

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Israel okays EU strictures

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 14, 2013

The Israeli government will accept the new European Union guidelines on funding projects only within the “Green Line” as part of a new research agreement with the EU.

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New witness in China bank terror case

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 14, 2013

Evidence given by a new witness in the Bank of China court case taking place in New York could prove crucial to the outcome given the reluctance of the Israeli government to allow its official to testify in court.

Two actions are being pursued against the Chinese bank by families of the victims of suicide bombings that took place in Israel.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Iran: Deal of the century or empty promise?

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 14, 2013

Last weekend’s round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group surprised almost everyone involved.

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Snowden files reveal tangled Israeli spy links

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 8, 2013

American National Security Agency (NSA) documents published by US and British newspapers in recent weeks reveal both the extent of American-Israeli intelligence co-operation but also the efforts by the Americans to keep tabs on Israeli operations.

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Israeli jets in fresh strikes on Syrian missile base

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 7, 2013

Israeli Air Force planes attacked a Syrian base in the early hours of Thursday last week, destroying the advanced missiles that were stored there.

American officials confirmed that the explosions heard in the area were the result of an Israeli strike.

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Israel hosts multi-national air drill

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 7, 2013

The first-ever large multi-national military exercise will take place in Israel in two weeks as squadrons from the United States, Greece and Italy arrive in the Negev for Blue Flag 2013, which Israeli military commanders hope will be the inaugural annual training event for allied air forces.

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