Anshel Pfeffer

'Third intifada' in east Jerusalem

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 19, 2011

"Palestinians used to want to leave the West Bank and move to east Jerusalem, to take advantage of the better conditions there. Now it's the opposite," said Zoheir Kawasmeh, as he looked at the rock-strewn street outside his home in the Silwan neighbourhood.

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Lorry rampage a 'lone terror attack'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 19, 2011

A return of deadly terror attacks in Israel's cities or a fatal flat tyre? The timing of the incident seemed to leave little room for doubt.

On Sunday morning, for the Palestinian Nakba Day, a lorry began hitting cars and pedestrians on a crowded thoroughfare in the Tikva neighbourhood of south Tel Aviv.

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Israel fears September as Arab Spring rattles IDF

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 19, 2011

The Israeli security establishment is rethinking its entire policy on security along the country's borders.

The attempts to storm across the borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza signal a change of strategy by the Palestinians, inspired by the uprisings throughout the Middle East.

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The frontrunners for UK Israel envoy revealed

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 19, 2011

The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem is expected to announce Israel's new ambassador to the United Kingdom next week. The ambassador will be an internal candidate, and not a "political appointment".

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IDF reinforces West Bank units ahead of Palestinian 'day of rage'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 12, 2011

The IDF is preparing for every eventuality during the Palestinian "days of rage" over the weekend and reinforcing its units accordingly.

While preparing for a worst-case scenario, the army believes that the Palestinian security forces will "contain" the demonstrations and prevent them from clashing with Israeli troops.

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Ex-Mossad chief says attack on Iran would be 'stupid'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 12, 2011

In a rare display of public disagreement, both chiefs of Israel's intelligence services over the past decade have voiced serious misgivings about key policies of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Iran and the Palestinians.

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Is the Fatah-Hamas deal a disaster?

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 5, 2011

"From my perspective, the Hamas-Fatah deal is fiction," said the IDF officer, looking out from a hilltop over the northern West Bank city of Jenin on Wednesday morning. "None of the Palestinian local representatives or security officers I have spoken to over the past week have said that it changes anything for them."

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Barenboim takes orchestra to Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 5, 2011

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim took a 25-strong orchestra to the Gaza Strip on Monday evening to perform a concert of works by Mozart.

The musicians flew from Berlin to El Arish in Egypt and entered Gaza from the Rafah crossing since, as an Israeli citizen, Mr Barenboim is forbidden from entering the Gaza Strip.

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Assassination will not alter our tactics, say Shin Bet

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 5, 2011

Senior Israeli officials said this week that they do not believe the killing of Osama bin Laden will have a noticeable effect on the security situation in the region.

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Hamas-Fatah alliance wipes away assumptions about Palestinian state

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

It may not have been as dramatic as the sudden toppling of an 80-year-old dictator, but the announcement on Wednesday evening of the signing of an agreement between the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority and Hamas was a direct development of the winds of change blowing through the Arab world.

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Activist death reveals Hamas's struggle in Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

Hamas forces killed two of the alleged murderers of Italian International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist Vittorio Arrigoni in a shoot-out in Gaza last week.

Arrigoni, who spent nearly three years in Gaza, was kidnapped and murdered by a Salafist group, opposed to Hamas, in retaliation for the imprisonment of the movement's leader.

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'Israel funded Argentina in Falklands war'

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

A new book claims the late Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin supported emergency arms shipments to the Argentine military at the height of the Falklands War.

It is claimed that Mr Begin's supposed hatred of the British from his days fighting the pre-independence mandate led to the move.

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Joseph's Tomb killing was 'not terror attack'

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

The death of 24-year-old Breslav Chasid Ben-Yossef Livnat in Nablus on Sunday was described by the IDF as a "serious event" but not a terror attack.

The settlers, though, had no doubts: their friend had been murdered by Palestinian policemen because he was a Jew.

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Certainty goes up in flames as Syria riots

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

Despite promising political reform and a repeal of the country's emergency laws last week, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ordered his army to quell the pro-democracy protests in a number of cities.

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Bus missile victim dies after coma

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2011

Daniel Viflic, the 16-year-old Yeshiva student who was critically wounded in the missile attack on a school bus two weeks ago, passed away on Sunday after spending ten days in a coma.

The missile was launched by the military wing of Hamas from within the Gaza Strip and hit a bus that had just dropped off dozens of school children at nearby Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

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The silent Charedi revolution

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2011

"The best solutions for the Charedi community can come from within the community, and nowhere else," says Yossi Deitch, chairman and one of the founders of the Kemach Foundation, as he looks through the personal files of some of the thousands of Charedi men and women who his organisation is helping into the workplace.

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Goldstone's colleagues turn on him

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2011

Three members of the panel that investigated Operation Cast Lead in Gaza two years ago have published a joint statement accusing the chairman of the group, Richard Goldstone, of "misrepresenting the facts" following his retraction of the report.

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'Cold-blooded' confession from DNA pair to Fogel murders

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2011

"This was the most shocking murder I have ever looked into," said one veteran Shin Bet investigator after a five-week inquiry into the murder of the Fogel family in Itamar.

Two suspects whose culpability, the authorities argue, is in little doubt after DNA traces linked them to the scene of the attack, now await a military trial.

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Did Israel really hit a Hyundai in Sudan?

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2011

Mystery still surrounds the attack last week on a car killing two men near the Red Sea coast of Sudan, but it bears all the hallmarks of another strike in Israel's campaign against arms smuggling to Hamas and Hizbollah.

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Terrorists targeting Pesach tourists

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2011

The coming Pesach holiday has been identified by Israel's intelligence experts as a particularly sensitive period for terror attacks on Jewish targets around the world.

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