Anshel Pfeffer

Bibi blames Abbas for ‘incitement’

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 15, 2015

The role of the Palestinian leadership in inciting the latest round of violence has been hotly debated within the Israeli establishment.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his colleagues of inciting the Palestinian public to carry out terror attacks by accusing Israeli Jews of "defiling" the Al Aqsa Mosque on Temple Mount.

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Political predicament for Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 15, 2015

As if the wave of terror attacks is not bad enough, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also has to contend with growing political isolation.

As the Knesset began its long winter session this week, centre-left opposition leaders lined up to lambast him for failing to create a diplomatic situation which would have allowed Israel to negotiate with the Palestinians.

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The framework is crumbling

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2015

As noon drew near on Wednesday, Israelis cautiously whispered to each other, anxious not to tempt fate or the evil eye.

Twenty-four hours had passed without a terror attack anywhere in the country. Perhaps things were beginning to calm down.

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More Israel-Russia talks on Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 8, 2015

High-level military talks began on Tuesday in Tel Aviv between a Russian delegation and a team led by IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Major-General Yair Golan.

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Top cop farce may have happy ending

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 8, 2015

For 48 hours, the media in Israel was allowed to name the nation's next chief of police only by his first initial - R. That did not change the fact that anyone could easily find his name on Wikipedia, which was quick to prepare an entry on the man.

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Violence soars in Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 8, 2015

Earlier this week, Israeli security officials were gingerly suggesting that the violence sweeping through Israel and the West Bank could be subsiding.

Then, on Wednesday, all hell broke loose.

An Israeli woman was stabbed in the Old City of Jerusalem, an IDF soldier was knifed near Kiryat Gat, a mob attacked a Jewish woman in her car near Jerusalem, an Israeli man

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Greeks boost military ties with Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 1, 2015

It has a hard-left government that has a history of lambasting Israel but Greece has been quietly bolstering its military ties with the Jewish state.

A joint exercise between Israeli and Greek attack helicopter squadrons took place in the Negev Desert earlier this month, the latest in a series of practice operations involving both militaries.

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Sara Netanyahu in court over 'abusive rages'

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 1, 2015

A key witness in one of two civil cases against the Prime Minister's Office has accused Sara Netanyahu of assaulting and abusing her domestic employees.

Eti Chaim, a former cook in the prime minister's official residence in Jerusalem, told the regional labour court that Mrs Netanyahu repeatedly flew into drunken rages.

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Sound and fury from Abbas at the UN, signifying nothing

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 1, 2015

The United Nations’ 70th General Assembly this week in New York was overshadowed by one issue: Syria.

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Israel gave UK rockets from own stockpile

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 30, 2015

Israel supplied guided missiles to UK forces serving in Iraq and Afghanistan in a last-minute deal that saved the lives of British troops.

In a highly unusual move, Israel sourced the Tammuz rockets from its own strategic stockpile in response to an urgent British request in 2007.

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Gaza hit by protests as rockets fired at Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 24, 2015

A wave of protests has rocked the Gaza Strip in recent days as hundreds of Palestinians have taken to the streets to demonstrate against the power cuts that have left most homes in the Strip with only a few hours of electricity a day.

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Turkey is fanning Europe’s refugee crisis, say Israelis

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 24, 2015

Senior Israeli diplomatic sources say that the Syrian refugee crisis is being deliberately worsened by Turkey as part of a plan to force Nato to act against President Bashar al-Assad.

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Israel-Asia ties growing rapidly

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 22, 2015

The warm reception accorded Burma's military chief, Min Aung Hlaing, when he visited Israel last week, raised some eyebrows.

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Deep fears over Russia's Syria push

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 17, 2015

Russia's decision to deploy warplanes and military units to Syria could have far-reaching implications beyond the ongoing civil war. It is already driving a wedge between Jerusalem and Moscow.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said he would fly to Russia to voice Israel's concerns over the deployment.

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Injury time ruling saves Shabbat soccer

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 17, 2015

Israeli football was almost shut down last weekend following a battle over the legality of playing on Shabbat.

At the last moment, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein supplied the Israeli FA with a legal opinion that there was no need to enforce the labour law in the arena of professional football because matches had been always held on Shabbat and therefore the status quo could remain.

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Israel-Egypt ties under pressure

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 10, 2015

Israel is trying to prevent a vote at the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) annual conference next week on subjecting the country's nuclear facilities to international inspection.

The Egyptian-led motion could create serious problems for Israel's longstanding policy on "nuclear opacity".

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EU votes to label settlement products

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 10, 2015

The European Parliament has expressed its support for putting special labels on consumer goods produced in West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights settlements. 

A total of 525 EU parliamentarians voted for the motion on Thursday; 70 voted against and 31 abstained.

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Netanyahu opposes new 'gagging law'

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 10, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he wants to remove a clause added to a new broadcasting law that prevents journalists on Israel's state channels from expressing opinions on air.

The clause had been proposed by United Torah Judaism MK Yisrael Eichler and was supported by the minister in charge of public broadcasting, Ofir Akunis.

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Israel may yet make biggest difference — but not by absorbing the refugees

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 9, 2015

Isaac Herzog is normally a level-headed politician and should have known better than to suggest Israel invite in Syrian refugees.

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Israel and Turkey are on the brink of a new start

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 8, 2015

Conditions are ripe for rebuilding the once strategic relationship between Israel and Turkey, diplomats on both sides believe. There is only one reason that it is not actually happening: President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan.

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