Anshel Pfeffer

Abbas relinquished the Palestinian 'right of return' to please Israeli voters

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 8, 2012

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has had a shot at making the peace process an issue in the upcoming Israeli elections.

In an interview with Channel Two last week, he effectively relinquished the Palestinian “right of return” to all parts of what used to be Palestine and is today Israel.

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National Religious Party to cause a headache for Bibi

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 8, 2012

The leadership primaries of the National Religious Party, Habayit Hayehudi, are likely to cause headaches for Benjamin Netanyahu as his former chief of staff, Naftali Bennett, was elected as the new party leader.

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Israeli chefs in London restaurant for reality tv

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 8, 2012

Six Israeli chefs will spend a month in one of London’s leading restaurants in an Israeli reality TV show next year.

The show will be an adaptation of LA LA Land, in which a group of Israeli singers live in Los Angeles and are given an opportunity to make it on the international stage.

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Mystery of Israeli Sudan attack solved?

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 2, 2012

The most credible information coming out of Sudan over the past week came from an NGO set up by Hollywood megastar George Clooney.

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Israel to give Churchill recognition for his warm ties with the State

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 2, 2012

A bust of Britain’s wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill, will be unveiled in central Jerusalem on Sunday in a ceremony commemorating his contribution to the founding of the state of Israel and his warm ties with the Jewish people.

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Israel elections: Livni faces the parties as Olmert faces the next step

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 1, 2012

The political scene in Israel is expecting a return to the fray by Tzipi Livni, the former Kadima leader, although no one is sure yet — not even Livni herself — which party she will choose.

Seven months after she resigned from the Knesset following her defeat by Shaul Mofaz in Kadima’s leadership primaries, Ms Livni is already talking like a politician competing for votes.

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Israel elections: Bibi’s right hook alliance with Lieberman

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 1, 2012

Three months before Israel’s general elections, all the polls had the Likud becoming the largest party in the next Knesset and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a clear course to form the next coalition.

So why did Mr Netanyahu surprise even his closest cabinet colleagues last week by announcing that Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu would be running on a joint candidates’ list?

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Assassination in Beirut leads to demonstrations in Lebanon

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 25, 2012

Major General Wissam al-Hassan was a marked man years before he was assassinated by a massive car bomb in Beirut last Friday.

In Lebanon, military and security services are split by allegiances to different parties and ethnic groups. Al-Hassan’s loyalties were to the anti-Syrian March 14 coalition and the Hariri clan.

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Tzipi Livni to challenge Bibi in her return to politics

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 25, 2012

Former deputy prime minister Tzipi Livni is planning a return to the political arena at the head of a new centrist party, challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and her former party, Kadima, in the upcoming elections.

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Middle East power shift as Emir visits Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 25, 2012

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s brief visit to Gaza on Tuesday lasted only a few hours, yet it signalled not only one more step towards the Hamas government’s exit from isolation, but also deeper power shifts in the Middle East. It was followed by salvoes of missiles fired at Israeli targets, with rare Hamas participation.

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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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