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Death of PA minister sparks chaos fears

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

Security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority remains in the balance in the wake of the death of a Palestinian minister following an altercation with Israeli police.

Ziad Abu Ein, 55, who had been put in charge of issues related to settlements and the separation barrier by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, had been leading a demonstration against the settler outpost of A

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West inches towards confrontation over lack of progress on two states

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

There is concern in the Israeli government that the US, the UK, France and Germany are planning fresh diplomatic initiatives and punitive measures in response to continued settlement building in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Among the plans being mulled is a joint European proposal for the United Nations to set a clear deadline for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

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Power couple who may yet lead Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

On Monday night, the Knesset overwhelmingly voted to dissolve itself, putting paid to the theories of a last-minute, alternative coalition.

Elections on March 17, 2015 are now unavoidable, and the next few weeks will be focused on primaries, alliance-building and selecting candidates as each party scrambles to build a list it hopes will be attractive to the Israeli voters.

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Israel passes controversial law on illegal migrants

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

In its last session before dissolving itself this week, the Knesset passed a new version of the "infiltrators law", which has twice been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

The new law, which will allow for the Holot detention centre to remain open, was pushed through the Knesset at the last moment with a 47-23 majority, even though some Labour members claimed later they voted "for" by

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Negev oil river is 'eco-disaster'

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

An oil spill from the Trans-Israel pipeline in the Evrona nature reserve north of Eilat is causing what has been described as one of the worst ecological disasters in Israel's history.

The Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC) acknowledged on Monday that the spill was much larger than previously thought and about 5 million litres of crude had gushed out in the desert.

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Iran drones smashed in Syria air strike

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

On Sunday, fighter jets attacked two depots near the Syrian capital of Damascus that were being used to store arms destined for Hizbollah.

The Syrian government blamed Israel for carrying out the attack while Israel, as in previous cases, refused to comment.

The two targets for the strike were buildings near Damascus International Airport and a military base close to the Syria-Lebanon border

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Obama’s nominee for defence chief ‘tough on Iran, friendly to Israel’

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 9, 2014

Two years ago, when the United States Senate held its confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama’s nomination for Secretary of Defence, a pitched battle ensued on Chuck Hagel’s suitability for the post, largely due to his previously critical statements on Israel and a perceived “softness” towards Iran.

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Syria blames Israel for daylight strike on arms depots

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 8, 2014

On Sunday, fighter jets attacked two depots near the Syrian capital of Damascus that were being used to store arms destined for Hizbollah.

The Syrian government blamed Israel for carrying out the attack while Israel, as in previous cases, refused to comment.

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Epic rift sends Israel to polls

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 4, 2014

Israel was set on the path to early elections this week after relations between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the leaders of the two centrist parties in his coalition, Yesh Atid and Hatnuah, collapsed amid a storm of recrimination.

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Jerusalem violence ebbs

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 4, 2014

Violence in and around Jerusalem has continued over the past week, but at a lower level than the spate of attacks seen in late November.

On Saturday, arsonists, thought to be right-wing vigilantes, burnt two classrooms at the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Bilingual School in south Jerusalem.

The school is the only one in the city where Jews and Arabs learn side-by-side.

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Gantz to step down as IDF gets new chief

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 4, 2014

The cabinet is expected to approve the appointment of Major General Gadi Eisenkot as the next chief of staff of the Israel Defence Force on Sunday.

Maj-Gen Eisenkot, 54, is currently the deputy chief of staff and served most of his 36-year army career as a combat officer in the Golani infantry brigade.

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Does Israel need the nation state law? No

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 27, 2014

There has been a lot of wailing and hand-wringing over the "nation-state" bill which the Knesset may or may not be voting on next week.

At the heart of the furore is the claim that if the bill becomes law, it will transform Israeli Arabs into "second-class citizens".

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Palestinians push back UN statehood bid

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 27, 2014

The Palestinian Authority is planning to postpone its attempt to secure a UN timetable for the unilateral establishment of a Palestinian state.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told Ma'an news agency on Monday that the decision had been delayed due to the difficulty of reaching the necessary majority in the Security Council and American pressure.

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Clash over anti-terror measures

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 27, 2014

Israel's political and security establishments are at loggerheads over the best way to confront the recent wave of terror attacks.

As ministers and right-wing politicians have called for more severe measures, the security chiefs have warned that "collective punishment" will not deter further attacks and only serve to further alienate the Palestinian population.

So far, the demands of some po

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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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