Anshel Pfeffer

Israel foils US embassy terror plot

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 23, 2014

A jihadi group with al-Qaeda links tried to recruit Palestinians in East Jerusalem to carry out terror attacks against high-profile targets, it was claimed this week.

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Knesset ovation for Canada’s pro-Israel PM

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 23, 2014

Few world leaders have so enthusiastically endorsed Israel’s policies as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper did this week during his first visit to Jerusalem.

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More jihadi strikes on Eilat feared

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 23, 2014

Two Grad rockets fired towards Eilat on Monday evening failed to cause any casualties or damage but raised concerns about future attempts by terror groups in Sinai to launch attacks on the city. The rockets fell in open spaces near its southern neighbourhoods.

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Israel on verge of creating one chief rabbi role

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 23, 2014

The israeli government has backed a move to disband the twin posts of the Sephardi and Ashkenazi chief rabbis.

Last Sunday, the cabinet’s legislative committee unanimously voted for the proposal, co-sponsored by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Economics Minister Naftali Bennett.

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Israel plans laser beam rocket shield

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 23, 2014

Israeli defence firms are developing new short-range missile defence systems to protect civilians and military bases in border areas under threat.

The IDF’s Iron Dome has proved capable of intercepting the majority of missiles but is less effective at dealing with rockets and mortar rounds fired from under four miles away.

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Multi-billion funds mull Israel exit

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 23, 2014

The international pressure on Israel to cease settlement-building and reach an agreement with the Palestinians is beginning to directly affect its economic prospects as European investment funds start to rethink their connections to the Jewish state.

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Iran to destroy stocks of enriched uranium

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 17, 2014

Iran is scheduled to begin neutralising its enriched uranium next week following an agreement achieved last Sunday on the implementation of the Geneva agreement signed in November.

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Coalition mired in rows as talks pressure grows

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 16, 2014

Israel’s announcement that it would build 1,400 new homes across the Green Line has provoked local and international protests.

The announcement had been due to coincide with the release of the third tranche of 26 Palestinian prisoners two weeks ago, but was postponed to avoid a clash with US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the region.

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Egyptians expected to vote in new constitution

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 16, 2014

The result of the constitutional referendum that took place this week in Egypt is not in any doubt: the Egyptians are expected to approve of the constitution by a large majority.

All eyes, however, are on the turnout, levels of violence and the next step of army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, widely expected to run for president later this year.

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Kadima: the party that briefly broke the mould of Israeli politics

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 16, 2014

Only once in the history of Israeli politics has a party other than Likud or Labour formed the government. That was Ariel Sharon’s Kadima in March 2006. But by then the party’s founder had been in a deep coma for nearly three months and even as his heirs celebrated their victory, the leader’s absence already signalled their ultimate downfall.

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Could Sharon now live on in Bibi?

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 16, 2014

The Israelis who eulogised Ariel Sharon at his memorial and funeral on Monday either ignored or referred only in passing to his final political acts — the disengagement from Gaza and his departure from Likud to set up his new centrist party, Kadima.

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Palestinian embassy blast mystery

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 9, 2014

Mystery still surrounds the death of a Palestinian diplomat killed in Prague last week by an explosive device hidden in a safe.

Even if the explosion was an accident, as both the Czech police and the Palestinian Authority are claiming, it served as a reminder of the connections between Soviet Bloc powers and Palestinian terror back in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Glimpse of hope: Israel and the Palestinians inch closer to a framework agreement

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 9, 2014

In his 10th visit to the region in less than a year, US Secretary of State John Kerry inched closer this week to a “framework agreement” between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Ex-envoy says Israel killed all Amia culprits

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 9, 2014

A former Israeli ambassador sparked a diplomatic row with Argentina and may have inadvertently admitted Israel’s responsibility for a Mossad hit in an interview last Friday.

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Ariel Sharon: fighter, in life and near death

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 9, 2014

Israel is awaiting the death of its 11th prime minister, Ariel Sharon, as his medical condition has deteriorated to “critical”. Mr Sharon, 85, has been in a vegetative coma for eight years.

Since May 2006, Mr Sharon has been hospitalised at the Sheba Medical Centre near Tel Aviv. He has been stable but has not regained consciousness.

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Egypt bans the Brotherhood: a wise move?

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 3, 2014

Until six months ago, the Muslim Brotherhood ruled Egypt. Last week, the interim Egyptian government, backed by the military, declared the Brotherhood a terror outfit. The decision came in the wake of two bomb attacks on government security forces in the Nile Delta in less than a week. Sixteen people were killed and over 100 wounded in the attacks.

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Which jihadist? Israel mulls mystery rockets

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 3, 2014

No organisation took responsibility for the missiles fired from Lebanon into Israel last weekend.

Five Katyusha rockets were launched but only one landed on Israeli territory, in an open field by the town of Kiryat Shmona. No damage or casualties resulted. IDF artillery fired a number of salvoes towards the launch-area in south Lebanon.

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Israeli electoral reform ‘blocks Arab parties’

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 2, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman have agreed to jointly reform the Israeli electoral system by raising the threshold for election to the Knesset to a minimum of 3.25 per cent of the vote for each party.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu fights coalition as peace caravan returns

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 2, 2014

United States Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Jerusalem this weekend for his 10th visit to the region since being appointed less than a year ago.

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Tel Aviv averts horror after bomb found

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 23, 2013

A major tragedy was averted last Sunday afternoon when a passenger noted a suspicious bag left in the back of a bus in Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv.

The bag contained a bomb that went off shortly after the bus was evacuated, lightly wounding one police officer.

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