Anshel Pfeffer

Israel fires warning to jihadis

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 4, 2014

As the jihadis in Iraq gain ground and control of the country's borders, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged this week that Israel plans to support Jordan if the Hashemite Kingdom is threatened.

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Israel boils, but Bibi must keep the lid on

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 3, 2014

Yet another round of violence in Gaza and the West Bank is the last thing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs right now.

Although the desire for retribution over the deaths of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach remains powerful, Mr Netanyahu needs to focus his attention on the nuclear talks in Vienna.

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State seeking billions from Israel's JNF

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 27, 2014

Israel's Finance and Justice Ministries are set to propose a law that would nationalise the income of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (JNF).

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With Kurdish oil comes the tantalising possibility of a new Middle Eastern axis

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

It would be premature to herald the offloading in Israel of a million barrels of oil from Kurdish Iraq last weekend as the start of a grand new alliance in the Middle East.

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Man freed in Shalit deal 'killed cop'

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

A former Palestinian prisoner who was released under the Gilad Shalit deal has been charged with murder.

Ziad Awwad was indicted on Monday for the April 14 murder of Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi.

Mizrahi had been driving his family to Kiryat Arba to celebrate Pesach and was shot dead near Hebron. His wife was wounded in the attack.

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Syria skirmish is gravest yetas child killed

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

A 14-year-old boy was killed and three men injured at the Golan border on Sunday in the first fatal incident to involve Israeli citizens since the start of the Syrian civil war three years ago.

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Did UN man pass $20m to Hamas?

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is trying to bar the UN's chief representative in the region from Israel over allegations that he tried to funnel funds to Hamas in Gaza.

Mr Lieberman's office confirmed over the weekend that he was in favour of declaring the UN's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry a persona non grata.

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Israeli-Palestinian security ties keep chaos at bay

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

The one clear point that has emerged from the Israeli operation following the kidnapping two weeks ago is that security co-ordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority remains strong. In fact, it is probably the most reliable link in their increasingly shaky relationship.

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Hopes begin to bite the dust

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

The Israeli operation that began following the kidnapping of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach was scaled down this week.

The emphasis has shifted from a widespread manhunt and mass arrests of Hamas members to intelligence-gathering and more focused searches.

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Autopsy reveals live bullets

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 19, 2014

An autopsy of the body of Nadim Nawara, one of the two Palestinian teenagers killed last month north of Jerusalem, has indicated that his death was caused by live bullets.

The IDF has denied that its forces used live fire in the incident in which Nawara and Muhmmad Salama, both 17, were killed.

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Analysis: Hamas may yet be consumed by its own inferno

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 19, 2014

A kidnap of Israeli civilians or soldiers could have happened at any time in recent years.

Since Hamas released IDF Sergeant Gilad Shalit in October 2011, in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, the Shin Bet has detected 101 kidnap attempts by Palestinian organisations.

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Israel watches in horror as jihadis carve up Mid East

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 19, 2014

The remarkable advance of the terror group Islamist State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) though north-eastern Iraq over the past two weeks has sparked Israeli fears over instability in neighbouring Jordan and the prospect of closer ties between the West and Iran.

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Clinton reveals Mid-East dissent

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

Hillary Clinton, the former United States Secretary of State and the woman widely regarded as the favourite to win the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential elections, has launched an attack in her new memoir, Hard Choices, on the Obama administration's policy in the Middle East.

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Bleak Syria war outlook stiffens Israel's defence

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

Israel has strengthened its defences on the Golan border with Syria amid concerns from the Israeli intelligence community that the civil war could continue for another 10 years.

A newly installed Iron Dome missile defence system was used for the first time on the Golan when two rockets were fired across the border from Syrian territory last week.

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Egypt snub is not bad news

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

Egypt's new president, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was sworn in on Sunday in a ceremony in Cairo. Leaders from across the Middle East were invited except for those of four countries: Syria, Turkey, Qatar and Israel.

Syria's omission was expected; President Bashar Assad is shunned as the leader who is butchering his own people with impunity.

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Peres prepares for a return to politics at the age of 91

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

As Israel's president, Shimon Peres, joined Pope Francis and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Vatican for an interfaith prayer service, few in Israel were under the illusion that they were watching Peres's final conciliatory act.

Upon landing in Rome, he told reporters with a smile "I can't talk politics," but the inference was clear.

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'Rubi' wins presidential race

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

A long and acrimonious campaign came to an end this week with the election of former Knesset speaker and Likud veteran, Reuven "Rubi" Rivlin, as Israel's 10th president.

Mr Rivlin, who is 74, came first out of five candidates with 44 votes in the first round of balloting in the Knesset, and prevailed over former minister Meir Sheetrit with 63 votes in the second round.

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Coalition division widens

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

The rift within the Israeli coalition between Benjamin Netanyahu and his centrist partners widened this week.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni both warned that any move to annex settlements would result in the government's fall.

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Jewish community was key to successful Ukraine poll

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2014

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Jewish leaders in Kiev have welcomed the election of Petro Poroshenko as Ukraine’s new president amid hopes that the establishment of a new government will bring stability back to the country. Jews in the east of the country were less hopeful, however.

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Impoverished Moldova fears Jewish exodus

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2014

The small Jewish community of Moldova is charting an uncertain path between a revival of Jewish life and the departure of many of its young people.

At the Moldova Limmud that took place in Chisinau last weekend, 400 local Jews came together to hear lectures, take part in cultural events and socialise — but also to discuss their future.

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