Anshel Pfeffer

Israel's ambassador to the UK due next month

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 19, 2011

Israel's new ambassador to the United Kingdom, London-born Daniel Taub, will officially begin his tenure before Rosh Hashanah, at the end of September.

Ambassador Taub, 49, was originally due to arrive at his post on August 28, but may only arrive for a "private visit" on that date.

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China and Israel shake over new military links

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 18, 2011

The arrival of the chief of Chinese military, General Chan Bingde, on Sunday in Israel for a four-day visit is a signal of the thawing of security relations between the countries.

China reduced its diplomatic and defence ties with Israel in 2000 following Israel's cancellation, under US pressure, of a £150m deal to sell early-warning aircraft to the Chinese Air Force.

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Hardship relief on the cards for Israelis

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 18, 2011

The government committee that was appointed last week by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come up with a programme to alleviate the financial hardships of Israelis began its work this week.

The committee, headed by Professor Trachtenberg, visited sites in Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva to talk to the protest leaders, and is set to begin its meetings next week.

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Egypt moves to stem Sinai chaos

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 18, 2011

In an attempt to end the growing anarchy in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt began a major military operation this week to root out the Islamist terrorists who have been operating in the area.

The Egyptian operation was co-ordinated with the Israeli government, as is required by the peace accord between the two countries.

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Extreme settlers banished

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 11, 2011

Israel's security forces have begun expelling extreme settlers from the West Bank in an effort to circumvent violent flare-ups next month, when the UN vote on a Palestinian state is expected to take place.

Twelve residents of Yitzhar were last week issued with orders limiting their movements. Three of them were ordered to remain on the settlement and not leave it.

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Assad losing Arab support

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 11, 2011

Syria is rapidly losing the support of other Arab nations as its army continues to attack cities and towns where there are supporters of democracy.

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Israel divided on riot warnings

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 11, 2011

The Israeli leadership is divided over the severity of the violence expected next month when the Palestinians are planning to seek an independent state at the United Nations.

The leaders of the Palestinian Authority have called upon the Palestinian public to participate in non-violent demonstrations during the UN vote at the end of September.

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Netanyahu digs in as tent city protest grows

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 11, 2011

The leaders of the social protest movement in Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week entrenched themselves in their opposing positions.

Mr Netanyahu established on Monday a committee of experts to talk to the protesters, who last week published a detailed list of economic and social demands.

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Radicals infiltrate Cairo rally

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 4, 2011

The first large-scale participation of the Muslim Brotherhood party in demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square last weekend has raised fears that the radical Muslim group is planning to participate in a new Egyptian government following elections in November.

On Friday, tens of thousands of protesters staged one of the largest demonstrations in Tahrir Square since the toppling of President Hosn

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For house protests, read class warfare

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 4, 2011

On the face of it, Israel's economy has never been in such a good state. Unemployment is at an all-time low at 5.7 per cent, the gross domestic product grew last year by 4.5 per cent, the shekel is strong, trade is booming, Israeli companies are traded on Nasdaq and foreign corporations are snapping up local companies.

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Economic rage consumes Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 4, 2011

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to meet personally with the leaders of the housing protest, now into its fourth week of encampments and demonstrations.

The prime minister tried to seize the initiative this week after being caught off guard by the scale and perseverance of the protesters.

Meanwhile, cracks started to show within the protest's leadership.

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Mysteries surround death of Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzira

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 4, 2011

Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzira's death turned out to be as enigmatic as his life.

One of the most venerable mystics in Israel, Rabbi Abuhatzira was murdered in his own yeshivah last Thursday by Asher Dahan, a part-time teacher from the strictly-Orthodox town of Elad.

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Has Netanyahu caved in to Obama's border plan?

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 4, 2011

Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be moving closer to the international plan for a two-state solution based on 1967 borders.

A letter sent by Mr Netanyahu to the Middle East Quartet meeting in Washington three weeks ago, parts of which were leaked to the press this week, revealed the shift in his policy.

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New Eilat airport gets green light

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 28, 2011

The government has authorised the building of a new airport at Eilat to serve an expected 1.5 million passengers a year.

The current airport is in the centre of town and, by building a new airport at Timna Valley some 25 km north of Eilat, valuable land will be freed up for development.

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Netanyahu pledges reform as house rallies multiply

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 28, 2011

The housing protests in Israel intensified this week with hundreds more tents popping up around the country, a mass rally in Tel Aviv and protestors blocking main roads.

The protests are worrying the Likud.

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Israel may abandon Oslo Accords at UN

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 28, 2011

The Israeli government is considering abrogating the Oslo Accords if the Palestinian Authority gains recognition of an independent state at the United Nations General Assembly in September.

The Oslo agreement, signed in 1993, aimed to create a framework for talks between the two sides.

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Israelis camp out in house price protest

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2011

July is a usually month in which Tel Avivians seek refuge from the sweltering heat in air-conditioned havens.
This time around, however, hundreds of students and young people have decided to sleep under the sky, erecting a couple of hundred tents along the well-to-do Rothschild Boulevard in protest over the rising housing and rent prices.

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Last flotilla boat taken to Ashdod

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2011

Sixteen passengers of the yacht Dignite al-Karama were taken into custody on Tuesday after Israeli naval commandos boarded the boat about 65 nautical miles off the coast of Gaza.

The ten activists, three journalists and three crew members did not try to resist the boarding and the yacht changed course for Ashdod Port.

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Palestinians: no to peace

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2011

An opinion survey carried out in the West Bank and Gaza shows a Palestinian public largely against a peace solution with Israel.

In a survey carried out by the Palestinian Centre for Public Opinion, only 34 per cent of the sample accepted US President Barack Obama's proposal of a two-state solution, while 61 per cent rejected it.

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For Bibi, this is about staying king of the castle

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2011

The next Israeli general election may not take place until mid-2013, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is already trying to position himself.

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