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Egypt gas field discovery threatens Israeli energy plans

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 3, 2015

The discovery of a potentially massive natural gas field in Egyptian territory has the potential to wreak havoc on Israel's plans to develop its own gas fields.

Italian energy giant ENI's announcement on Sunday that it had discovered a field initially assessed at around 30 trillion cubic feet - about 40 per cent larger than Israel's largest field, Leviathan - took Israel by surprise.

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Viral images signal failure on both sides of the conflict

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 2, 2015

The picture of an IDF soldier holding a rifle is a reassuring one for Jewish Israelis and many diaspora Jews as well.

It's an image that resonates in the minds of those who know that after 2,000 years in which Jews were vulnerable, they now have their own army protecting their own homeland.

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Obama’s deal with Iran survives, but will Israeli-American relations?

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 2, 2015

The number of United States senators planning to vote in favour of the nuclear deal agreed between the world powers and Iran two months ago in Vienna has reached the critical tally of 34.

What this means is that President Barack Obama has now gained enough senators in favour of the agreement to deny the Republicans a veto-proof majority against the deal.

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Abbas in fight to maintain position of power in Palestinian Authority

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 26, 2015

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s resignation from his post as president of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation’s Executive Committee has fuelled speculation that he may be planning to step down from his position as president of the Palestinian Authority as well.

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Why did Barak leak details of ‘Iran attack plans’?

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 24, 2015

Former defence minister Ehud Barak has said that Israel was on the brink of attacking Iran a number of times from 2009-2012, but each time the plan was postponed due to objections from the IDF, the cabinet and at least once through lack of coordination with the Americans.

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Regev seen as ideal advocate-envoy

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 20, 2015

The appointment of Mark Regev as Israel's next envoy to Britain is widely seen as a reflection of his loyalty to the prime minister and his skills in talking to the media.

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Religious schism in Israel grows as independent rabbis perform marriages

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 20, 2015

The split between Israel's Chief Rabbinate and the rebel rabbis who last week announced they had performed six independent conversions of minors is widening.

This week it emerged that the rebel rabbinical courts had carried out around 50 conversions in recent months - including those of grown-ups - and that some of the rabbis involved had also performed marriages for the converts.

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Israel's gas deal will hurt consumers, say critics

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 20, 2015

On Sunday, the Israeli cabinet voted 17-1 in favour of accepting a regulatory framework for the natural gas industry that has been widely criticised for giving too much power to an energy cartel.

Under the new framework, the two companies that together own the largest gas fields, Leviathan and Tamar, will lower the maximum price of gas to Israeli consumers.

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Long-term Israel-Hamas truce under discussion

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 18, 2015

An agreement on a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is in the works.

While a deal is still far from assured, the talks - in which former prime minister Tony Blair, as well as senior Turkish, Saudi and Qatari officials are involved - have been ongoing with Israel's informal blessing for at least a couple of months.

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Tensions in Israel and Gaza amid aftermath of attacks

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 13, 2015

The police and security services have so far failed to locate the perpetrators of the arson attack on the Dawabsheh family in the West Bank village of Douma last month.

Two family members - 18-month-old toddler Ali and his father, Saed - died, and the child's mother and brother were seriously wounded.

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Obama believes Congress will back Iran deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 13, 2015

More than a month before the Washington vote on the nuclear agreement with Iran, President Barack Obama has already secured the support of around 20 Democrat senators.

He needs 34 of them to back him in order to prevent the deal's opponents from reaching a majority that would halt the deal and prevent the removal of sanctions against Iran.

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Concern as Putin cosies up to Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 12, 2015

High-level contacts between the Russian leadership and commanders of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are causing concern in the Middle East.

The commander of the IRGC's Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani, was in Moscow last month. According to American officials, he met President Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.

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Has Jerusalem’s religious tide turned?

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 12, 2015

It was Shabbat afternoon in Jerusalem and a group of local Charedi politicians could not believe their eyes.

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Why the attacks on Palestinians were predictable - and what next for Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 6, 2015

It was indeed shocking. But it was not surprising.

The group that carried out an arson attack on a Palestinian home last Friday, killing a toddler and seriously wounding parents and siblings, has torched dozens of Palestinian homes and mosques over the past six years.

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Israel finally passes state budget

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 6, 2015

After a long meeting that lasted most of the night, the Israeli cabinet this morning approved the long overdue state budget for 2015 and 2016.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had warned that failure to pass the budget could bring down the government.

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