Anshel Pfeffer

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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Final list emerges for Israeli president race

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 28, 2014

Six contenders remained in the race to be Israel’s next president as the list closed on Tuesday.

The candidates, who managed to collect the necessary ten signatures of Knesset members, included three serving MKs.

Former Speaker Rubi Rivlin is widely regarded the front-runner, although he has not been endorsed as his Likud party’s official candidate.

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Rivlin in pole position to succeed Peres as Israel’s next president

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 27, 2014

Six candidates remain in the race to be Israel's next president as the list closed today.

The candidates who managed to collect the necessary ten signatures of Knesset members include three serving MKs.

Former Speaker Rubi Rivlin (Likud) is widely regarded the front-runner, although he has not been endorsed as his party's official candidate.

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Inevitable win for Al-Sisi in Egypt will boost Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 23, 2014

ANALYSIS

The results of next week’s presidential election in Egypt are in no doubt. Former army chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the country’s de-facto ruler since last year’s military coup, is looking at landslide victory.

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Ex-ICC lawyer praises Israeli legal system

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 22, 2014

Former International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has downplayed fears that Palestinian access to The Hague will result in a tidal wave of war crime indictments against Israelis.

Now that the Palestinian Authority has had its UN status upgraded to non-member observer state, it is eligible to join the court, though the PA has yet to do so.

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Israel’s presidential race kicks off — despite Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 22, 2014

The Knesset will elect a new president for Israel on June 10.

Speaker Yuli Edelstein’s decision to call the vote in two-and-a-half weeks effectively ended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s short-lived attempt to abolish the presidency.

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Possible Iran-Saudi deal on Syria prompts deep concern

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 16, 2014

Two of the most bitter rivals in the Middle East, Iran and Saudi Arabia, are preparing to co-operate on lowering tensions in the region, particularly in Syria. On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia invited Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to visit Riyadh.

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US-Israel relations hit nadir over spy allegations

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 16, 2014

Two high-profile reports in Newsweek magazine on Israel’s espionage campaign against its American allies are a sign that the relationship between the two countries has sunk to a new low point.

The reports quote former American intelligence officials and Congressional staffers who claim that Israel has “crossed red lines” in its attempts to obtain confidential information.

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Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemet Le’Yisrael in spotlight on transparency

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 8, 2014

Ministers are calling for greater transparency from the Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemet Le’Yisrael (JNF-KKL), which holds around 15 per cent of Israeli land “for the benefit of the Jewish people.”

On Sunday, a cabinet legislative committee moved to put JNF-KKL under the supervision of the state comptroller.

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Netanyahu to take on role of president?

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 8, 2014

With barely a month to go before the Knesset is due to elect a new president to replace Shimon Peres, rumours are mounting that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is interested in cancelling the presidency — which would leave the prime minister as head of state.

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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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