Anshel Pfeffer

No great expectations over Iran talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 8, 2014

The Obama Administration tried this week to downplay expectations of a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme being reached in talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers, scheduled to take place next week in Vienna.

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Israeli Left push own legislative agenda in the Knesset

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 8, 2014

The collapse of the peace talks with the Palestinians is already causing friction within the Netanyahu coalition, with centre-left ministers trying to justify their presence in government by proposing liberal laws.

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Storm brews over Netanyahu's ‘nation state’ law

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 8, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s intention to create a new Basic Law defining Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people is causing a major political row.

In the absence of a constitution, Basic Laws make up the foundations of legislation in Israel.

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Agunah freed in radical court ruling

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 2, 2014

A daring ruling by the Safed Rabbinical Court in northern Israel last month ended a seven-year ordeal for a 34 year-old woman who had been considered an agunah (chained woman) since her husband was badly injured in a motorcycle accident.

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Who shot the macho mayor?

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2014

Mystery still surrounds the identity of the attackers who shot and severely wounded the Jewish mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv.

On Monday night, Gennadiy Kernes was flown to Israel, where his condition was stabilised after surgery in Haifa’s Elisha hospital.

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Abbas’s Shoah recognition papers over a murky record

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2014

There is a wide range of attitudes to the Holocaust among Palestinians, ranging from outright denial and support of Nazism to attempts by moderates to learn about the genocide of European Jewry.

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Silently, peace talks fade into the ether

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2014

The April 29 deadline for extending the talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority expired with little reaction this week as all sides, including the American mediators, seemed to be focusing on other problems.

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Jewish mayor of Kharkiv stable after surgery in Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 29, 2014

Mystery still shrouds the identity of the attackers who shot and severely wounded the Jewish mayor of Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv.

On Monday night Gennadiy Kernes was flown to Israel, where his condition was stabilised after surgery in Haifa's Elisha hospital.

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Synagogue firebombing signals bleak horizon as chaos swirls in Ukraine

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 24, 2014

It is unclear who is behind a wave of antisemitic incidents in different parts of Ukraine, but many believe them to be part of the ongoing propaganda war between Russia and the new government in Kiev.

Jews arriving at a synagogue in Nikolayev on Shabbat morning discovered that petrol bombs had been thrown at the building.

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Israel calm on Syria despite Assad ‘chlorine strike’

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 24, 2014

The delays in the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile and the possible emergence of hitherto unknown weapons is not prompting Israel to rethink its defence programme against unconventional weapons.

The Israeli government decided three months ago to cease the distribution of gas masks to the entire population.

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Peace talks close to death as Abbas does Hamas deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 24, 2014

The Israeli government called off talks to broker a resumption of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority after rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, signed a reconciliation deal on Wednesday.

The agreement was signed in Gaza at the home of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

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Peace talks: between rocks and a hard place

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2014

Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to continue talks for the next two weeks in an attempt to reach an agreement on extending the negotiations for another nine months.

Aside from this, very little, if anything at all, seems to be agreed on.

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How Israel just changed the game: the new Super Hercules aircraft and Ofek 10 Spy Satellite

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2014

Last Wednesday, the Israeli Air Force passed two milestones.

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Miliband had a lot to prove and to a great extent did so

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2014

Everyone seems happy with Ed Miliband’s visit to Israel. The Israeli establishment got a good look at the man who may be Britain’s next prime minister and was assured that his heart was in the right place.

The leadership of the British Jewish community, who often sense a disconnect in Mr Miliband, got a chance to see him at ease in the Jewish state.

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Ed connects — but still won’t say the Z-word

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2014

More than three years since becoming Labour leader, last week Ed Miliband made his first official foreign trip — to Israel.

He could hardly have chosen a more critical moment to arrive, with the peace process in turmoil. But, in an interview at the Hebrew University campus in Jerusalem, he was careful not to be drawn on his prescriptions for the diplomatic impasse.

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Last ditch attempt to save Israeli-Palestinian peace talks continue

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 10, 2014

Marathon talks were still ongoing this week in a last attempt to save the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Meanwhile, in Washington, US Secretary of State John Kerry, who put so much personal effort into launching the talks nine months ago, appeared to be placing most of the blame on Israel for their failure.

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Ehud Olmert faces fresh probe

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 10, 2014

A week after he was convicted on charges of bribe-taking and fraud in the Holyland case, former prime minister Ehud Olmert was once again being interrogated by the police, this time for allegedly obstructing justice.

On Monday, Olmert was confronted with the claims made by his long-serving secretary and chief of staff, Shula Zaken.

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Adelson takes another chunk of Israeli media

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 10, 2014

This week, Ma’ariv, once the most popular newspaper in Israel, got its fifth owner in less than four years when it was bought by Jerusalem Post owner Eli Azur for NIS 4 million (£700,000).

Mr Azur was taking advantage of a fire-sale of the media assets of UK-born businessman Shlomo Ben Zvi, whose firm owed NIS 3.5 million (£600,000) to creditors and employees.

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Peace talks edge closer to abyss

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 3, 2014

The talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority were on the brink of collapse this week.

By Wednesday, the Americans had suspended their role as go-betweens, Israel had refused to release the last tranche of prisoners and the PA had formally requested recognition as a member-state from international organisations.

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IDF and Hamas taking digs at each other over discovery of Gaza tunnel

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 27, 2014

The discovery of a large tunnel leading from Gaza to Israel has led to a war of words between Israel and Hamas.

The tunnel, one of the longest discovered so far, leads 700 metres east of the border, and runs close to the Israeli communities of Kibbutz Nirim and Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, according to the Israeli army officers who uncovered it.

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