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Looming crisis between Israel and Europe over settlements

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 23, 2015

The planned demolition of illegally built homes in the West Bank Palestinian village of Sussiya is causing the next diplomatic crisis between Israel and Europe.

Two months ago, the residents of Sussiya lost their petition requesting the High Court to block the planned demolition of the village.

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UK-Israel spat not what it seemed

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 22, 2015

In recent years, Israel-Britain ties have been extremely strong by historical standards. But last week they seemed to hit the rocks.

Any lingering hopes in the Israeli government that Britain would provide some internal opposition to the Iran deal within the P5+1 group of powers evaporated as the agreement was announced in Vienna on Tuesday morning.

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Germans lead the charge for Iran contracts

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 22, 2015

After a long period in which Israel had pressed a wide international coalition to isolate Iran both diplomatically and financially, its leaders will now have to get used to the sight of some of their closest allies visiting Tehran.

The first to do so last weekend was German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who arrived at the head of a large delegation of business people eager to beat their West

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ICC Gaza flotilla investigation is shot across Israel’s bow

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 20, 2015

The decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to order its own chief prosecutor to re-open an investigation into the 2010 Gaza flotilla incident is a shot across Israel’s bow and an indication that the court may be planning more interventions in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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Beitar Jerusalem riots: future in balance for football club

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 20, 2015

The future of Beitar Jerusalem, the Israeli capital's main football club, remained in the balance this week as the team's owner announced he would put it up for sale following a riot during an away game in Belgium last Thursday.

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Iran deal is a blow to the credibility of Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 16, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu's response on Tuesday morning to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear programme was hardly surprising.

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Is Netanyahu cracking down on settlements?

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 16, 2015

The diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians has long been dormant but, beneath the surface, there seem to be efforts if not to renew the negotiations, then at least to reduce tensions.

On Monday, leaders of Jewish local councils in the West Bank accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of having told them that he would not be authorising new buildings in the settlements.

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IDF probes colonel over killing

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 16, 2015

A number of senior IDF field commanders are being investigated over incidents that occurred during last summer's conflict in Gaza, and a colonel was questioned this week over a shooting in the West Bank in which a 17-year-old Palestinian was killed.

Colonel Yisrael Shomer, the commander of the Binyamin Brigade, currently stationed in the West Bank immediately north of Jerusalem, was attacked by

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Anger over missing Israelis

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 16, 2015

The news that two Israeli citizens went missing nearly a year ago in Gaza has raised questions about the government's handling of the disappearances and why it kept quiet about them until now.

Avera Mengistu, 28, a resident of Ashkelon, and an unnamed resident of the Bedouin township of Hura, separately managed to cross the border to the Gaza Strip in late 2014.

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Angry Israelis ask why government stayed quiet over missing citizens

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 13, 2015

The news that two Israeli citizens went missing nearly a year ago in Gaza has raised questions about the government’s handling of the disappearances and why it kept quiet about them until now.

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Iran nuclear deadline passes and still no deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 9, 2015

As what was supposed to be the final round of talks between the P5+1 group of world powers and Iran over a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme was heading to the end of its second, unscheduled week, it was unclear whether a deal could be reached, or whether a deadline to achieve one still existed.

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Dozens of activists being held in the West Bank

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 9, 2015

Large arrest operations carried out by Israel and the Palestinian Authority show that while there is no diplomatic process ongoing between the two sides, security co-ordination is still functioning.

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Israeli budget stalls again

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 9, 2015

The next major hurdle for Benjamin Netanyahu's government will come at the end of next month, when the long-overdue budget is finally presented to the Knesset.

For the past six months Israel has been functioning on "fiscal autopilot". No budget was presented for 2015 due to the dissolution of the previous parliament and the election.

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Huge jihadi strike in Sinai spells danger for Egypt and Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 2, 2015

The coordinated attack carried out on Wednesday by an affiliate of Daesh in Sinai against multiple Egyptian military targets, killing at least 70 soldiers and capturing a coastal town for a few hours, was the largest such operation carried out on Egyptian soil and could turn out to be a pivotal moment for the region.

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Israel-Turkey talks flicker as flotilla fizzles

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 2, 2015

Relations between Israel and Turkey continue to be overshadowed by the memory of 2010's Mavi Marmara flotilla as the two countries try to edge toward a rapprochement.

Meanwhile this week, Israeli naval commandos once again prevented from more boats from reaching Gaza.

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