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Rape trial for IDF man

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 28, 2016

One of the IDF's most prominent combat commanders has been charged with rape and sexual assault.

Brigadier-General Ofek Buchris will face trial after being accused by two female soldiers, one a mid-rank officer, who served under him in the past.

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Hebron soldier 'betrayed'

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 28, 2016

Sergeant Elor Azaria, the soldier charged with manslaughter after shooting dead a wounded Palestinian attacker in Hebron, gave evidence this week at a military court in Jaffa.

During his three days of testimony, Sgt Azaria accused his commanding officers of abandoning him following the incident earlier this year.

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Bibi denies money-laundering rumours

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2016

In his first ever prime minister's questions on Monday, Benjamin Netanyahu denied rumours that an investigation into money-laundering by his eldest son had been launched.

Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit has confirmed that a police probe relating to the prime minister, among other people, is ongoing, but has added no details about the allegations against Mr Netanyahu.

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'Abuser' rabbi extradited

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2016

Rabbi Eliezer Berland was extradited to Israel - his home country - this week, where he will face charges of sexual assault, following a three-year saga in which he tried to evade justice.

Rabbi Berland, 78, the leader of the "Shuvu Banim" Brelav Chasidic sect, fled Israel in 2013 when police began investigating allegations that he had coerced women into performing sexual acts with him.

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Israel treads carefully as Turkey teeters

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2016

The failed coup in Turkey against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday night caught the Israeli leadership by surprise. For hours, while the drama unfolded in Ankara and Istanbul, Jerusalem remained silent, awaiting developments.

All Israeli officials and diplomats were issued clear instructions not to make any comments.

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Suspension law passed

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2016

The law allowing the suspension of Knesset members was approved on Tuesday night following a stormy session.

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Iran clause revealed

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2016

The existence of an appendix to the Iran nuclear deal, detailing how the Islamic Republic will be allowed to upgrade its uranium-enrichment programme in the future, was revealed this week.

According to a section of the deal published for the first time this week, from 2027, Iran will be allowed to replace its existing centrifuges - two-thirds of which it disconnected as part of the agreement -

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Israelis welcome arrival of Theresa May at Number 10

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 14, 2016

Israeli officials watching the leadership contest in the Conservative Party were pleased at Theresa May's victory.

Along with veteran pro-Israel stalwart and former justice secretary Michael Gove, Ms May was a clear favourite to replace David Cameron. Her repeated expressions of support both for the Jewish community in Britain and for Israel have, of course, been noted.

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Israel edges closer to peace talks in Cairo

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 14, 2016

The visit of Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to Jerusalem on Sunday, the first such trip in nine years, was a sign of the intensifying relations between the two countries on a wide range of issues.

Mr Shoukry's meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were officially focused on Egypt's offer to host direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in Cairo, but they also

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NGO law has boosted the narrative that Israel’s democracy is dying

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 12, 2016

It’s hard to take seriously the reactions to the NGO law, which passed its final reading by a 57-48 majority on Monday night in the Knesset.

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New dawn in Africa-Israel ties

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to four African nations this week was both a personal pilgrimage and a further sign of Israel's attempts to broaden its strategic ties beyond its traditional Western allies.

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Palestinian terror is not going away any time soon

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2016

The recent outbreak of violence around Hebron and in other parts of Israel and the West Bank is reminiscent of the previous wave of attacks that began last October.

The causes of the violence are largely the same: renewed tension around Temple Mount in Jerusalem, growing frustration with both Israel's military occupation and the dysfunctional Palestinian Authority, and anti-Israel incitement on

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Turkey to pay for Gaza building projects

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2016

The Turkish government will be allowed to sponsor major infrastructure projects in Gaza as part of its new agreement with Israel.

While senior officials in Jerusalem hope that this will help prolong the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, they are also concerned that the projects could become flashpoints between the two countries in the future.

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Netanyahu faces new investigation

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing a new police investigation into fresh claims that he received funds from abroad.

No other information has yet emerged about the probe which, according to two of Israel's most prominent investigative journalists, has been going on for at least a month. No official source has confirmed its existence.

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Israeli diplomats regret loss of UK influence on EU

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2016

Israel had no public or official position on last Thursday's referendum.

The consensus within the diplomatic service was that Britain's exit from the European Union would be disadvantageous for Israel, which has often relied on British backing in European forums.

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