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ANALYSIS: Hagel disproved doubters on Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 26, 2014

In the brief period in which Chuck Hagel served as the United States Secretary of Defence before being forced to resign this week he hardly left his mark on the Pentagon, America's armed services or the regions in which they operate.

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Egyptian president offers peacekeeping force 'for Palestinian state'

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 24, 2014

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi has expressed a willingness to send Egyptian troops to a future Palestinian state to prevent attacks on Israel.

Mr Sissi was speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera ahead of a visit this week to Italy and France.

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Lone, lethal, impossible to predict: a new terror

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 20, 2014

Jerusalem is brimming with specially trained anti-terror police. But when a call came in at 7.01 am on Tuesday morning about a terror attack in a synagogue in the Har Nof neighbourhood, the first officers on the scene were a couple of traffic cops.

One of them, Zaidan Saif, was fatally wounded when he tried to confront the murderers, cousins Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal.

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Details of new EU sanctions plan revealed

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 20, 2014

The Israeli government is concerned that the European Union might try to convince its member nations to implement sanctions against Israel over building projects beyond the Green Line.

Haaretz this week revealed that possible sanctions appear in a document prepared by the Middle East department of the EU's foreign service.

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Iran deal now within reach, say diplomats

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 20, 2014

Negotiators arrived in Vienna on Tuesday for the last round of talks on reaching a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear programme before next week's deadline.

Foreign ministers of the P5+1 group of world powers are expected to join the talks next week amid conflicting reports on the proximity of a deal.

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Israel fears over EU sanctions plan

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 17, 2014

The Israeli government is concerned that the European Union will try to convince its member to implement sanctions on Israel over building projects in the West Bank.

Possible sanctions appear in a document prepared by the Middle East department of the EU's foreign service, which was revealed in Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

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Threat of intifada as terror hits Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 13, 2014

Israel and the West Bank were on a knife edge this week as both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem were hit by terror attacks and Palestinian leaders raised the spectre of a third intifada.

Security forces struggled to restore calm as violent demonstrations spread throughout the West Bank and threatened to erupt among Arabs living within the Green Line.

Monday saw two terror attacks on Israelis in what

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Israel fears worst in Iran nuclear talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 13, 2014

Israeli leaders remain deeply sceptical of US intentions on the eve of the deadline to reach an agreement on Iran's nuclear programme.

Despite repeated US assurances that Iran will not be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon and reports that no progress was made in the round of talks this week, the current assessment in Jerusalem is that the Obama administration is determined to reach a deal at

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Israel fears US wants Iran nuclear deal at any price

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 11, 2014

Israeli leaders remain deeply sceptical of American intentions on the eve of the crucial stage of talks to reach a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear programme before the November 24 deadline.

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Perfect storm

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2014

Israeli diplomats are concerned that the coming months will see concerted diplomatic pressure on their government to make major concessions to the Palestinians or suffer some form of sanctions.

As the American mid-term elections have drawn to their end, President Barack Obama enters his final two years with no need to be re-elected or help his party win in Congress.

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Cracks deepening in Israeli coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2014

Less than two years old, the ruling coalition in Israel already looks as if it is on its last legs.

Riven by personal rivalries and ideological divides, the glue holding it together is a collective fear of early elections, which most coalition parties fear could lead to them losing Knesset seats.

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Likudniks welcome US midterm election result

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2014

The resounding success of the Republican Party in the US mid-term elections was greeted with quiet satisfaction by the Likud government this week.

Many in Israel believe that the Republicans' new-found control of the Senate and enlarged majority in Congress will have a significant impact on US foreign policy in the final two years of Barack Obama's presidency.

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Livni: bus segregation is apartheid

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2014

Israel's Justice Minister Tzipi Livni ramped up the controversy over the decision to prevent Palestinian workers from travelling on Israeli buses in the West Bank by describing the reasons for the move as "apartheid".

Ms Livni, who had directed the attorney general to look into the issue, made the remark in an interview on IDF Radio while discussing Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon's decision last

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Israel-US ties in crisis

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2014

US-Israel diplomatic relations have hit a new low as government members on both sides have traded harsh insults and criticisms in recent days.

This week, senior US government officials called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "chickenshit", and a "coward" in interviews with the Atlantic.

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Could Bennett be PM?

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2014

It was no coincidence that as the report emerged that a senior American had called Benjamin Netanyahu a "chickenshit", the first member of the prime minister's cabinet to leap to his defence was the man often portrayed as his main rival.

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