Anshel Pfeffer

Egypt polls give new hope to Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 31, 2012

Both the Islamist and democratic camps in Egypt have been dealt a setback when a former air force general and Mubarak loyalist emerged as one of the two candidates who will compete in the second round of presidential elections in two weeks.

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Moscow next for nuclear stalemate

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 31, 2012

Talks with Iran will resume next month in Moscow as a split has emerged between the international powers engaging the Iranian regime on its nuclear development programme.

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Flame virus leaves Iran with no place to hide online

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 31, 2012

Until now, Israel has been extremely coy about its offensive cyber-capabilities.

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Habima performers bask in glory of Globe success

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 31, 2012

The intimate reception on the top floor of the Globe theatre on Monday night, after the Habima actors had taken off costumes and makeup, was the first chance to let down their guard after hours of tense rehearsals and preparations.

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IDF man Almog cancels charity trip over universal jurisdiction fear

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 31, 2012

Seven years after almost being arrested at Heathrow, former Israeli general Doron Almog has cancelled his participation in a London fundraiser, following concerns regarding Britain’s universal jurisdiction law.

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South Africa and Denmark in settlement labels move

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 24, 2012

The recent decisions by the governments of South Africa and Denmark to identify the origins of products made in West Bank settlements on their labels did not surprise the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem.

Diplomats monitoring the efforts of pro-Palestinian organisations to promote boycotts of Israel have been expecting them to focus on settlement products for some time.

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Israel skeptical on Iran talks in Baghdad

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 24, 2012

Western diplomats participating in the Baghdad talks that began on Wednesday were upbeat about the possibility of reaching a deal which would limit Iran’s uranium enrichment programme.

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Egypt presidential debate: Israel is enemy

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 17, 2012

Both leading candidates in Egypt’s presidential elections, scheduled to take place next week, have said that they will “review” the Camp David peace accords with Israel if elected.

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Test for Israeli coalition over IDF law

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 17, 2012

The new Netanyahu-Mofaz coalition got off to a rocky start this week with major disputes over a new law on national service for yeshivah students and the future of settler outposts in the West Bank.

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US security analyst: Iran bomb 'irrefutable'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 17, 2012

One of the most experienced and respected security analysts in the United States has produced a comprehensive study of all the material released so far on Iran's nuclear programme.

In Rethinking Our Approach to Iran's Search for the Bomb, Anthony Cordesman concludes that Iran is irrefutably developing an atomic weapon.

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Egypt chaos 'could spill over border'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 10, 2012

The presidential elections in Egypt, scheduled for the end of this month, may be postponed following a renewed outbreak of political turmoil in Cairo in which 14 Egyptians have been killed and hundreds arrested.

Israeli security officials have warned that the growing anarchy could boil over the border.

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Israel rebooted: Bibi's coalition deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 10, 2012

The political earthquake that shook Israel in the middle of the night this week has sent shockwaves well beyond the confines of the Knesset.

Benjamin Netanyahu is now one of the most powerful prime ministers ever to lead Israel, and many commentators are wondering if he is now sufficiently empowered to alter the course of Middle East history.

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Haggling, back channels and a midnight deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 10, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu and Shaul Mofaz's closest political advisers spent last weekend putting together teams to fight an election campaign over the coming summer - at the same time as they were fleshing out a deal to form a national-unity coalition.

While the two leaders were receiving updates on the talks - which included an agreement to postpone elections by over a year - they continued to behav

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Uproar over Crif 'support' for Sarkozy

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 3, 2012

A column last week in an Israeli newspaper by a French Jewish leader has caused a furore in Paris over what is being seen as a tacit Jewish endorsement of President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Richard Prasquier, head of Crif, French Jewry's umbrella body, wrote in Ha'aretz about the challenges facing the Jews of France under a new president.

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Bibi loses his ideological rock - his father

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 3, 2012

Benzion Netanyahu, the pre-eminent historian of Jewish medieval Spain, who died on Monday at his home in Jerusalem, aged 102, was the man who most influenced the political outlook and ideology of his son, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Born in Warsaw in 1910, Benzion Mileikowski was the son of a Zionist rabbi and writer who moved his family in 1920 to Jerusalem, where Benzion went on to stu

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Kadima's Tzipi Livni says goodbye

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 3, 2012

A meteoric, 13-year parliamentary career which twice brought Tzipi Livni to the brink of Israel's premiership, came to an end on Tuesday, when the former leader of Kadima announced she was resigning from the Knesset "but not leaving public life".

In a press conference at the Knesset, she said: "I respect the decision of the Kadima voters and I wish Shaul [Mofaz] good luck.

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Israeli expert barred from NHS-sponsored event after UNISON pressure

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 30, 2012

The participation of an Israeli expert on conflict resolution at an NHS-sponsored event next week in Manchester was cancelled following pressure from local representatives of the UNISON trade union whose members were supposed to participate in the workshop.

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After Stuxnet virus, Iran has been in the grip of network-paranoia

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 26, 2012

Iran's leadership has repeatedly said over the past couple of years that the destructive Stuxnet computer worm was easily vanquished and caused little damage to the centrifuges carrying out uranium enrichment.

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Will Israel-Egypt relations collapse with gas deal?

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 26, 2012

On announcing that it was terminating its contract to supply gas to Israel on Sunday, Egypt's Natural Gas holding company immediately claimed that the decision had been made on a purely commercial basis.

However, the move was pounced upon by the country's presidential candidates as yet another opportunity to burnish their national and anti-Israel credentials.

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Inside Sinai, where al-Qaeda roam free

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 19, 2012

For over a hundred miles between the heavily guarded Suez Canal Bridge and the main town in northern Sinai, El Arish, the road is deserted at night. No-one is stopping cars or checking documents at the roadblocks and the guard posts are empty.

Only on the final approach to El Arish can the first signs of a military build-up be seen.

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