Anshel Pfeffer

Bibi sceptical about recent Euro sanctions on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 18, 2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was sceptical on Tuesday about the efficiency of the latest round of European Union sanctions in reining back Iran’s nuclear programme.

The sanctions, agreed upon on Monday by the EU foreign ministers at the insistence of Britain, Germany and France, are aimed at strengthening previous curtailments on Iran’s energy and financial sectors.

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Egyptian Muslim brotherhood denies call for jihad on Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 18, 2012

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has tried to deny statements by the movement’s Supreme Guide, Sheikh Mohammed Badie, who was quoted by an Egyptian newspaper calling for a holy war on Jews and Israel.

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Knesset and Likud: early changes leading to election

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 18, 2012

The Knesset voted unanimously on Monday night to dissolve itself and to hold Israel’s general election on January 22.

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Druze seek citizenship of Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 12, 2012

The ongoing uprising in Syria is having profound effects on the Druze community living on both sides of the Israel-Syria border.

As the Assad government is rapidly losing control and chaos descends on the country, many Druze citizens living in the Golan Heights have requested Israeli citizenship.

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Netanyahu and truth about an early election

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 11, 2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement on Tuesday that there would be elections in three months, nearly a year before the final date on which he would have to go to the country, was motivated by the government’s inability to pass a “responsible” budget for 2013. But that was only one factor.

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Rockets and mortar rounds fired from Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 11, 2012

More than 60 rockets and mortar rounds — the highest number since June — were fired from Gaza towards Israel over the Simchat Torah holiday following an Israeli strike on jihadist terrorists in the Strip.

The Israeli attack was carried out from the air in a joint IDF-Shin Bet operation last Sunday afternoon.

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Morsi plays to anti-Israel gallery

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 4, 2012

Egypt’s new president, Mohamed Morsi, used his first international appearance to severely criticise Israel without mentioning it by name. Mr Morsi, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, said in his speech last week to the UN General Assembly that the first issue that the international community must solve is “the Palestinian cause”.

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Netanyahu stamps Iran on world's consciousness

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 4, 2012

The United Nations General Assembly is not a required event for Israeli leaders — Ariel Sharon, for example, appeared there only once in his five years as prime minister.

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UK may support labelling West Bank products in the EU

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 4, 2012

The Israeli government is concerned that Britain is planning to support a move to have West Bank settlement products labelled in the European Union.

The EU-Israel trade agreement, signed in 2005, exempts Israeli goods from certain tariffs but not those that come from beyond the Green Line.

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Appeal considered after ‘lenient’ Ehud Olmert sentence

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 28, 2012

Israel’s State Prosecution is considering an appeal against what it considers the excessively lenient sentence handed down to former prime minister Ehud Olmert on Monday by the Jerusalem District Court.

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Ehud Barak: We must pull out of West Bank

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 27, 2012

In an interview with Israeli daily Yisrael Hayom on Monday, Defence Minister Ehud Barak called on the Israeli government to consider a pullback from “isolated” settlements in the West Bank as a step towards separating the Israeli and Palestinian populations.

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What motivated the man who made the hateful Mohammed film? Years of bloody persecution

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 20, 2012

The Coptic Christian community in Egypt fears reprisals after angry protesters attacked Western embassies and institutions in revenge for the Innocence of Islam film that portrayed the Prophet Mohammed as a cruel and buffoonish womaniser.

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Iran opens up about its military help for Assad

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 20, 2012

An Iranian acknowledgment that its troops are active in Syria alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces has increased tension in the region as American, British and other Western navies carry out joint exercises in the Persian Gulf.

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How bad is life in Gaza?

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 13, 2012

Although partisan views dominate much of what has been said about the lives of the 1.6 million people in the Gaza Strip, a recent pair of conflicting reports have a degree of truth to them.

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Zeev Raz explains the mind-set of Israeli pilots

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 13, 2012

If the Israeli Air Force is ever sent to bomb Iran’s nuclear installations, many of the commanders planning and leading the operation will have been students of Zeev Raz.

In the late 1980s, the former fighter pilot was commander of the Iraeli Air Force (IAF) Flight School and he has no doubt that “if they are sent, they will execute it perfectly”.

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Cracks show in US-Israel stance on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 6, 2012

The dispute between the American and Israeli leaderships over a possible attack on Iran has come out into the open in recent days with what was the sternest warning by a senior American figure against an Israeli strike.

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Threat to Israeli pensions after conglomerate profit warning

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 6, 2012

A mammoth quarterly loss and a going concern warning have raised fears over the future of one of Israel’s largest and most heavily-leveraged corporations.

Under the leadership of Nohi Dankner, one of Israel’s most dynamic businessmen, IDB Holding Corp underwent rapid expansion over the past decade.

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Migron’s gone, but the outposts keep coming

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 6, 2012

The relatively peaceful evacuation of the Migron outpost on Sunday and the compromise reached between the government and the settlers has left no-one satisfied. Not the 50 settler families who left their homes for temporary housing, nor the Palestinian land-owners who will not be gaining access to their property following the evacuation (the site will remain under military control).

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Topsy-turvy Middle East as jihadis turn on jihadis

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 6, 2012

The upheavals in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon are redrawing the lines between the radical Islamist forces surrounding Israel.

The latest configuration pits the Egyptian-led, anti-Iran camp against Salafist groups allied with al-Qaeda, and a branch of al-Qaeda against Hizbollah.

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Ban Ki-moon under pressure to get tough on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 30, 2012

Amid widespread criticism of his decision to attend the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran this week, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was expected to raise issues of human rights and Iran’s nuclear programme in his talks with the country’s leaders.

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