Anshel Pfeffer

How key Bibi adviser helped Cameron win

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 4, 2016

The architect of Benjamin Netanyahu's last-minute election fight-back also advised the Conservative Party on its winning strategy 40 days later, it has been revealed.

Aron Shaviv, a British-Israeli political strategist who has worked on election campaigns in more than 20 countries, was the Likud campaign manager for the 2015 Knesset elections.

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Hamas and Fatah in talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 4, 2016

Having signed three reconciliation agreements that were never implemented, the two main Palestinian movements, Fatah and Hamas, are meeting this weekend once again in an attempt to bridge their differences.

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School textbook under fire for 'ideological slant'

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 4, 2016

A new civics studies textbook for high schools has become the latest front in Israel's culture wars.

It has been five years in the making, and is the only textbook on the national curriculum for the matriculation exams that all schools - secular and religious, Jewish and Arab - have to use.

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‘Daesh is turning its attention to Israel’

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 28, 2016

Israel believes that an attack by Daesh is a matter of time.

In their annual strategic assessment which was presented to the cabinet earlier this month, the IDF’s intelligence experts said that the movement, currently being pushed back in Syria and Iraq, is likely to use its affiliated groups on the Golan or Syrian borders to launch an attack.

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‘Show me where I am inciting’

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 28, 2016

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has claimed that he opposes all forms of terrorism, is seeking a peace deal and was snubbed when he tried to arrange a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Jewish Home wins battle over who calls shots in coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 28, 2016

There was nothing particularly remarkable about the eviction of settlers from two buildings in Hebron last week.

Yeshiva students and young families had began moving in on Thursday afternoon, claiming to have bought the property legally. Soldiers and police arrived the next morning to remove them, with a few scuffles. They told the settlers that their occupation had not been authorised.

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Path cleared for ex-IDF chief to challenge Netanyahu's prime minister spot

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 26, 2016

The decision by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein last week to close the five-year investigation into alleged abuses of power by former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi also launched what is beginning to look like a new race for the leadership of Israel’s political centre-left.

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Church hit by Jewish extremists

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 25, 2016

The "Revolt" group, believed to have been behind the "price tag" attacks against non-Jews in Israel and the West Bank, was thought to have been largely dismantled by the security forces, but anti-Christian vandalism continues.

On Sunday morning, graffiti was found on the walls of the Dormition Abbey, a Benedictine monastery just outside Jerusalem's Old City.

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Move to revive ‘discriminatory’ NGO legislation

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 25, 2016

In an attempt to keep the "NGO transparency" bill alive, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has removed a section that requires activists representing foreign-funded human rights organisations to wear special identifying tags in the Knesset.

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Israel finds vast gas fields - but can it celebrate?

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 25, 2016

The discovery of more giant natural gas fields off Israel's Mediterranean coast has highlighted both the potential for further offshore energy exploration and the problems underlying Israel's natural gas industry.

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For IDF, the deal offers window to focus on more immediate battles

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 21, 2016

It took a rare public lecture by the IDF Chief of Staff, General Gadi Eisenkot for the Israeli security establishment's view of the Iranian nuclear deal to finally be aired.

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EU rows back over Israel settlements resolution

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 21, 2016

An Israeli diplomatic offensive over the weekend, led personally by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, brought about a "softening" of an EU resolution aimed at upping the pressure on Israel over the settlements.

The original draft resolution was designed as a follow-up to the settlement goods labelling guidelines issued by the EU two months ago.

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Israelis fear next Gaza war is not far off

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 21, 2016

● Hamas tunnelling back at pre-2014 levels
● Terror group rebuilding missile stocks
● Iran increases funding for Gaza militants

After a relatively calm year around the Gaza Strip, Israel is concerned that an escalation down south is approaching once again.

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Iran sanctions on verge of being lifted

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 14, 2016

The end of international sanctions on Iran will be the cue for nations and companies to begin signing major arms deals with a country looking to renew its military hardware.

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£3bn Arab plan could change Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 14, 2016

The NIS 15 billion (£2.64 bn), five-year plan recently authorised by the Israeli government for the Arab sector could go a long way towards closing historical gaps between Jewish and Arab communities in Israel. However, bureaucratic and political obstacles stand in the way of its effective implementation.

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Land-sale 'informer' storm

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 14, 2016

The Israeli human rights community and the radical left are in an uproar over a TV report in which a veteran Israeli campaigner for Palestinian rights is seen taking pride in telling the Palestinian Authority about Arabs selling land to Israelis - information that was likely to lead to their execution.

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Bibi runs against himself in Likud race

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 14, 2016

Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to secure his leadership of the Likud for the next seven years may have turned out to be too successful.

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Deri returns to the scene of crime, 22 years later

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 12, 2016

Twenty-two years after an indictment forced him to leave the Interior Ministry, Aryeh Deri, the first Israeli minister to serve time for bribe-taking, was reappointed Interior Minister on Sunday.

The leader of Shas was poised to return to the powerful ministry last year when Benjamin Netanyahu formed his new government — but, at the last minute, took the Economics Ministry instead.

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Douma arson suspects indicted

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 7, 2016

This week, five months after three members of the Dawabsheh family were murdered in an arson attack in the Palestinian West Bank village of Douma, indictments were served on two suspected perpetrators.

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US has caved in to Russia over Assad and Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 6, 2016

The closing weeks of 2015 have seen the first signs of a potential power-shift over the Syrian war.

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