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Border attacks are Hizbollah terror message

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 15, 2014

Two incidents on Israel's northern border last week have raised concerns that Hizbollah is planning more aggressive operations in the near future.

In an explosion on Tuesday morning near Mount Dov, close to the Lebanese border, two soldiers from an IDF bomb-disposal unit were moderately wounded.

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Netanyahu plans early elections

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing for early elections, most likely in late 2015, two years before his government is due to complete its full term.

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How campaigners milk the food price debate

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2014

A Facebook post on food prices in Israel has kicked off another public debate over the financial burden on the middle classes.

Bizarrely, however, the row has not focused on a staple, but on the popular Milky dairy pudding, composed of whipped cream and chocolate milk.

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Spy post reveals scale of threat that Israel faces

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2014

The existence of a Syrian electronic surveillance base at Al-Hara, just a few miles from the Israeli border on the Golan, has been known about for decades. And the close ties between the Syrian regime and Russia's military and intelligence agencies were never much of a secret.

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Islamic State: we'll eliminate women, children, apostates - and caviar

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2014

Plans by the Islamic State (IS) to seize Iran's nuclear installations and build its own nuclear bomb have added a bizarre twist to the already convoluted issue of the West's confrontation with both sides of the Sunni-Shia conflict.

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Hamas busy rebuilding its rocket arsenal

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2014

People in southern Israel ran to the shelters on Sunday morning as IDF sensors detected rocket launches in Gaza.

No warheads fell inside Israeli territory and the military's assessment was that Hamas had either been testing missiles or training its rocket teams.

Indirect talks are scheduled to continue in Cairo between Israeli and Palestinian delegations on a long-term solution for Gaza.

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Peace Now spoils Bibi's US party

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2014

The venerable Israeli left-wing organisation Peace Now has lost a lot of its steam in recent years.

The failure of the Oslo process and other diplomatic initiatives has led to public apathy over the group's efforts to push for a two-state solution.

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Islamic State crisis salvaged Bibi's coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2014

The war between the West, moderate Arab states and the Islamic State (IS) is only in its early stages and no-one can predict how it will turn out, but so far there is only one tangible result - it has stabilised Israeli politics.

Only a few weeks ago, the various components of Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition were at loggerheads with the prime minister.

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Netanyahu puts spotlight on ‘fanatical’ Iran in UN speech

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 30, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu warned the world yesterday that the battle against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria must not deflect attention from the necessity of denying Iran a nuclear weapon.

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Hamas appears serious about long-term deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 23, 2014

Indirect talks over a long-term solution for Gaza began in Cairo on Tuesday.

The talks, between Israel and a Palestinian delegation including members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, broke up on Wednesday for Rosh Hashanah and are scheduled to resume next week. The Palestinians remained in Egypt to discuss the unity agreement.

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Israel ruined its own bid to host Euro 2020 soccer

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 23, 2014

While the BDS movement tried to take credit for Uefa's decision not to name Jerusalem as one of the 13 host cities for the Euro 2020 tournament, the ruling has a lot more to do with the incompetence of the IFA, Israel's national football association, than political considerations.

Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium made it to the shortlist of 19, but was dropped due to the fact that the bid issued by th

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Israel and PA do deal on Gaza reconstruction

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 18, 2014

Israel and the Palestinian Authority agreed on Tuesday on a mechanism that will allow the UN to monitor the export of building supplies into Gaza.

The deal was announced by the UN's representative in the region, Robert Serry. Under its terms, the Palestinians will be allowed to begin rebuilding the thousands of homes and public buildings destroyed during the conflict.

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Yesh Atid threat to leave coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 18, 2014

Yesh Atid, Likud's largest coalition partner, may leave the government if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not ensure that Finance Minister Yair Lapid's plan to cancel VAT on first homes passes into law.

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Members of IDF spy unit refuse West Bank service

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 18, 2014

`An open letter written by 43 reserve soldiers and officers of the IDF's intelligence gathering unit in which they refuse to take part in any operations connected to the Palestinians has drawn stern condemnations in Israel.

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Behind rhetoric, Isis-hit Arab states need Israel badly

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 11, 2014

Jordanian government officials emphasised last week that the $15bn deal to buy natural gas from Israel's offshore Leviathan field was between them and a US company.

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