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Abbas in fight to maintain position of power in Palestinian Authority

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 26, 2015

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s resignation from his post as president of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation’s Executive Committee has fuelled speculation that he may be planning to step down from his position as president of the Palestinian Authority as well.

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Why did Barak leak details of ‘Iran attack plans’?

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 24, 2015

Former defence minister Ehud Barak has said that Israel was on the brink of attacking Iran a number of times from 2009-2012, but each time the plan was postponed due to objections from the IDF, the cabinet and at least once through lack of coordination with the Americans.

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Regev seen as ideal advocate-envoy

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 20, 2015

The appointment of Mark Regev as Israel's next envoy to Britain is widely seen as a reflection of his loyalty to the prime minister and his skills in talking to the media.

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Religious schism in Israel grows as independent rabbis perform marriages

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 20, 2015

The split between Israel's Chief Rabbinate and the rebel rabbis who last week announced they had performed six independent conversions of minors is widening.

This week it emerged that the rebel rabbinical courts had carried out around 50 conversions in recent months - including those of grown-ups - and that some of the rabbis involved had also performed marriages for the converts.

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Israel's gas deal will hurt consumers, say critics

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 20, 2015

On Sunday, the Israeli cabinet voted 17-1 in favour of accepting a regulatory framework for the natural gas industry that has been widely criticised for giving too much power to an energy cartel.

Under the new framework, the two companies that together own the largest gas fields, Leviathan and Tamar, will lower the maximum price of gas to Israeli consumers.

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Long-term Israel-Hamas truce under discussion

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 18, 2015

An agreement on a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is in the works.

While a deal is still far from assured, the talks - in which former prime minister Tony Blair, as well as senior Turkish, Saudi and Qatari officials are involved - have been ongoing with Israel's informal blessing for at least a couple of months.

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Tensions in Israel and Gaza amid aftermath of attacks

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 13, 2015

The police and security services have so far failed to locate the perpetrators of the arson attack on the Dawabsheh family in the West Bank village of Douma last month.

Two family members - 18-month-old toddler Ali and his father, Saed - died, and the child's mother and brother were seriously wounded.

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Obama believes Congress will back Iran deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 13, 2015

More than a month before the Washington vote on the nuclear agreement with Iran, President Barack Obama has already secured the support of around 20 Democrat senators.

He needs 34 of them to back him in order to prevent the deal's opponents from reaching a majority that would halt the deal and prevent the removal of sanctions against Iran.

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Concern as Putin cosies up to Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 12, 2015

High-level contacts between the Russian leadership and commanders of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are causing concern in the Middle East.

The commander of the IRGC's Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani, was in Moscow last month. According to American officials, he met President Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.

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Has Jerusalem’s religious tide turned?

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 12, 2015

It was Shabbat afternoon in Jerusalem and a group of local Charedi politicians could not believe their eyes.

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Why the attacks on Palestinians were predictable - and what next for Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 6, 2015

It was indeed shocking. But it was not surprising.

The group that carried out an arson attack on a Palestinian home last Friday, killing a toddler and seriously wounding parents and siblings, has torched dozens of Palestinian homes and mosques over the past six years.

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Israel finally passes state budget

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 6, 2015

After a long meeting that lasted most of the night, the Israeli cabinet this morning approved the long overdue state budget for 2015 and 2016.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had warned that failure to pass the budget could bring down the government.

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Nuclear deal paves Iran's path to a bomb, Netanyahu tells US leaders

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 6, 2015

As the lobbying intensifies over the upcoming vote in Congress on the nuclear deal with Iran, both President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been making their opposing cases to the American Jewish community.

Speaking via a special web-video feed viewed by around 100 Jewish communities across the US, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to downplay the fact that most

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Why an intifada did not happen

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 5, 2015

They call themselves “The Revolt”, and under the alleged leadership of Meir Ettinger, the 24-year-old grandson of outlawed Kach movement founder Rabbi Meir Kahana, they planned to foment a violent confrontation between Israel and the Palestinians as a step toward Messianic redemption.

This is the narrative being put out by the Shin Bet and the Israeli government.

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Political paralysis stymies appointment of Israel envoy

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 30, 2015

Israel will be without an ambassador in London for the foreseeable future due to bureaucratic delays.

As the outgoing envoy, Daniel Taub, returns to Jerusalem this week after four years in the UK, Israeli officials blamed the lack of a full-time foreign minister and a wider political paralysis for a backlog of embassy appointments.

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