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World closes in on nuclear deal with Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 26, 2015

Negotiators gathered on Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland, for what could be a crucial round in the talks over the future of the Iranian nuclear programme.

The largest delegations, from the United States and Iran, were headed by Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Mohammed Jawad Zarif.

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'Judeophile' Putin hosts Euro neo-Nazi gathering

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 26, 2015

The presence of some of the most notorious neo-Nazis and racists in Europe - including the former leader of the British National Party, Nick Griffin - at last Sunday's "Russian International Conservative Forum" in St Petersburg, has raised eyebrows in the West. After all, isn't Russia still proud of the Great Patriotic War it fought against fascism?

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Who holds the cards as coalition building starts

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 19, 2015

Israel President Reuven Rivlin has called on Benjamin Netanyahu and Isaac Herzog to work together to form a national unity government, but it does not seem likely they will join together in the same cabinet.

Mr Netanyahu repeatedly said throughout the election campaign that he would not sit in government with Mr Herzog and his partner in the Zionist Union leadership, Tzipi Livni.

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Hamas say no to long-term deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 19, 2015

Hamas has formally rejected a proposal for a long-term ceasefire with Israel. The truce would have been in exchange for a lifting of the Gaza blockade and reconstruction of the war-ravaged strip.

The offer was a result of ongoing discussions between Palestinian, Israeli and international diplomats, and was conveyed to Hamas last week by a United Nations representative.

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The hard work starts now as Netanyahu builds coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 18, 2015

Israel President Reuven Rivlin has called on Benjamin Netanyahu and Isaac Herzog to work together to form a national unity government, but it does not seem likely they will join together in the same cabinet.

Mr Netanyahu repeatedly said throughout the election campaign that he would not sit in government with Mr Herzog and his partner in the Zionist Union leadership, Tzipi Livni.

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Netanyahu's last days?

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 12, 2015

For the first time in six years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's premiership seems to be under serious threat.

The latest polls have consistently shown the Zionist Union list, headed by Labour Party leader Isaac Herzog, a few seats ahead of Mr Netanyahu's Likud.

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Election won't be decided by ideology

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 12, 2015

The main focus in this Israeli election is naturally on the contest between Benjamin Netanyahu and Isaac Herzog for the job of prime minister. But, if the polling is anything to go by, very few voters have actually moved between the parties they lead, Likud and Zionist Union.

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US attempts to reassure all as Iran deal nears

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 12, 2015

Ahead of another round of talks between the P5+1 group of world powers and the Iranians next week in Lausanne, American negotiators have been seeking to both reduce expectations and lower opposition to an eventual nuclear agreement.

Following Israeli officials' complaints that they are not being updated on the talks, a flurry of meetings and phone conversations took place between senior US dip

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Hamas 'plans to offer long-term ceasefire'

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 12, 2015

Security co-ordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority continued as normal this week despite a request by the PLO last week for the agreement to be suspended.

Meanwhile, a report this week suggested that Hamas was considering offering a long-term truce with Israel.

The PLO's decision reflected the ongoing tension between Jerusalem and Ramallah following the PA's decision to seek

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Likud fears vote collapse on Israel election day

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 5, 2015

With a week and a half to go until the elections, both main parties see major obstacles to achieving victory.

Likud strategists are concerned that the relentless revelations regarding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's use of public funds and his failure to solve the housing crisis are eroding the party's support.

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Rawabi gets water link

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 5, 2015

The Israeli government approved the connection of the new Palestinian city, Rawabi, to the water grid last week after more than a year of delays.

The decision will allow the company building Rawabi, which is designed to house 40,000, to finally hand over the keys to the first new flats.

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Was Netanyahu's speech worth it?

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 4, 2015

What, if anything, did Benjamin Netanyahu achieve?

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Rawabi finally gets water pipeline

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 3, 2015

The Israeli government has approved the connection of the new Palestinian city, Rawabi, to the water grid after more than a year of delays.

The decision will allow the company building Rawabi, which is designed to house 40,000, to finally hand over the keys to the first new flats.

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No Iran deal yet, insists US

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 26, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of the US Congress next week to warn against an impending deal on Iran's nuclear programme.

At the same time, US Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Geneva meeting the Iranians, perhaps putting the finishing touches on that very agreement.

While there are still significant gaps between the two sides, the deal that appears to

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Mayor Barkat is have-a-go hero in blade attack

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 26, 2015

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat found himself in the spotlight this week after he helped apprehend an 18-year-old Palestinian who stabbed a civilian near City Hall on Sunday evening.

The mayor, who had been passing the scene in his car, jumped out with a bodyguard and overpowered the attacker.

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