Anshel Pfeffer

Israel Air Force pilot says Malaysia jet did not malfunction

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 20, 2014

“Whoever did what was done there, he certainly knew what he was doing,” said Eran Ramot, head of aviation research at the Fisher Institute for air and space strategic studies in Israel.

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Leaders have only days to save the peace process

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 20, 2014

The peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are on the brink of collapse.

Despite US President Barack Obama’s meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas this week, there is still virtually no clause in the current framework agreement — the core principles for negotiations — that both sides agree on.

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Ukrainian Rabbis come out against Russia

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 14, 2014

World leaders are scratching their heads in an effort to divine Russian President Vladimir Putin’s next move. How far will he go? Will he annex Crimea? Will he send his troops further into eastern Ukraine?

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Jewish leaders have made a brave joint decision to overcome their disunity and publicly support the new government in Kiev.

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Capture of Iran ship fails to make waves

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 13, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked the visit to Tehran by the EU’s foreign policy chief this week as Israel presented missiles that Iran was shipping to terror organisations in the Gaza Strip.

Mr Netanyahu was speaking on Monday at Eilat Port where the IDF put on display 40 M-302 missiles and other ammunition captured by Israeli commandos in the Red Sea last week.

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Palestinian President Abbas in talks with Obama

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 13, 2014

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will arrive at the White House on Monday for a potentially crucial meeting with US President Barack Obama on the future of the talks with Israel. The deadline for the end of the current stage of the talks is at the end of the month and American mediators have so far failed to deliver a frame agreement to launch the next stage of negotiations.

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Cameron tells Knesset that Britain’s commitment to Israel’s security is rock solid

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 13, 2014

SCROLL DOWN FOR AUDIO OF DAVID CAMERON'S SPEECH TO THE KNESSET

On the face of it, the barrage of rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel, a giant row over laws passing through the Knesset and the chaotic fall-out from a Foreign Ministry strike all threatened to overshadow Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Israel this week.

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Political war looms as Charedi draft becomes law

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 13, 2014

Three controversial laws were passed by the Knesset this week in a legislative push that created rare unity among the opposition.

The laws raised Israel’s electoral threshold to 3.25 per cent, established criminal sanctions against Charedi yeshiva students who refuse to enlist in the IDF and that any decision to relinquish Israeli-held territory will have to be authorised by a referendum.

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Cameron: I stand with you

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 13, 2014

In his address to the Knesset on Wednesday, Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed Britain’s commitment to Israel’s security and the peace process and reiterated his steadfast opposition to any legislation against shechita in Britain.

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Revolution unleashes new fears in Kiev

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 27, 2014

Ukraine’s Jews are torn over how to respond to a rise in antisemitic attacks and a victorious revolutionary force that has racists in its ranks.

The opposition groups that ousted the government last weekend included two openly antisemitic parties.

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Bubble fear as Viber sells for £900m

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 20, 2014

The $900 million purchase of Viber Media by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten this week provides a further boost to the Israeli technology sector.

Viber’s main asset is the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) which allows phone-calls to be made via the internet, an application particularly popular in the Middle East.

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Abbas charm offensive but Erekat hostile

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 20, 2014

As America prepares to present the Israelis and Palestinians with the framework for an agreement it hopes will guarantee peace talks for the rest of the year, the Palestinian leadership has embarked on a combined charm-threat offensive.

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Israeli concern over Iran nuclear talks in Vienna

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 20, 2014

The Israeli government is concerned that the cordial but insubstantial tones of the nuclear talks taking place in Vienna this week are the start of prolonged negotiations which will allow Iran to increase its nuclear
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Civil rights protesters attack boycott law

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 20, 2014

The anti-boycott law passed by the Knesset two years ago was challenged in Israel’s High Court on Sunday.

Civil-rights groups petitioned for a change claiming it unfairly limited freedom of speech.

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Interview: Naftali Bennett in London

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 20, 2014

“If you say the right things, then you’re very popular,” says Economy Minister and Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett with an ironic smile. “The media embraces you, the world embraces you, but in the end it will be my children and me paying the price. I’m not prepared to give up the truth for popularity.”

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Foreign Minister Lieberman drops his peace talks scepticism

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 14, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has attacked the right-wing members of the government who oppose the American peace initiative in a speech that was seen by many as a departure from Mr Lieberman’s own sceptical positions towards the diplomatic process.

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West Bank annex law blocked

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 13, 2014

Last Sunday, the cabinet legislative committee voted down a proposal to apply Israeli law to parts of the West Bank and allow unlimited building in the settlements.

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‘Abject failure’ on Jewish refugees from Arab-lands claims

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 13, 2014

Israeli citizens who emigrated from Arab countries and their descendants will find it difficult to claim compensation for property left behind because the government failed to properly document their claims.

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Charedi battle to stay out of the IDF is ripping Israel apart

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 13, 2014

The new national-service law, now in its final legislative stages, is causing tension both within the coalition and the strictly Orthodox community.

A committee headed by Habayit Hayehudi MK Ayelet Shaked began voting this week on clauses including the quotas of Charedim required to join the army and the length of service for other sections of the population.

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A synthetic emergency? Israel divided over boycott ‘threat’

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 7, 2014

Is Israel facing a debilitating wave of economic boycotts or is the sudden rise in reports on financial organisations planning to divest and threats of impending catastrophe just a storm in a teacup that will blow over the moment the media finds something else to interest it? It depends very much who you ask.

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Eilat attack reveals reach of new Sinai jihadi group

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

A rocket fired from Sinai towards Eilat on Friday night was intercepted by an Iron Dome battery and destroyed in the air before it could cause any damage.

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the jihadist organisation that has been sowing terror in Egypt, took responsibility. This was the second such attack on Eilat in less than two weeks.

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