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Likud fears vote collapse on Israel election day

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 5, 2015

With a week and a half to go until the elections, both main parties see major obstacles to achieving victory.

Likud strategists are concerned that the relentless revelations regarding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's use of public funds and his failure to solve the housing crisis are eroding the party's support.

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Rawabi gets water link

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 5, 2015

The Israeli government approved the connection of the new Palestinian city, Rawabi, to the water grid last week after more than a year of delays.

The decision will allow the company building Rawabi, which is designed to house 40,000, to finally hand over the keys to the first new flats.

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Was Netanyahu's speech worth it?

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 4, 2015

What, if anything, did Benjamin Netanyahu achieve?

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Rawabi finally gets water pipeline

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 3, 2015

The Israeli government has approved the connection of the new Palestinian city, Rawabi, to the water grid after more than a year of delays.

The decision will allow the company building Rawabi, which is designed to house 40,000, to finally hand over the keys to the first new flats.

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No Iran deal yet, insists US

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 26, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of the US Congress next week to warn against an impending deal on Iran's nuclear programme.

At the same time, US Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Geneva meeting the Iranians, perhaps putting the finishing touches on that very agreement.

While there are still significant gaps between the two sides, the deal that appears to

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Mayor Barkat is have-a-go hero in blade attack

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 26, 2015

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat found himself in the spotlight this week after he helped apprehend an 18-year-old Palestinian who stabbed a civilian near City Hall on Sunday evening.

The mayor, who had been passing the scene in his car, jumped out with a bodyguard and overpowered the attacker.

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Israel braced for nail-biter

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 26, 2015

With less than three weeks of campaigning left before the election and polls showing the two main parties neck-and-neck, both sides are still looking for a key issue that will shift large numbers of voters.

A series of revelations regarding the use of public funds by the Netanyahu family do not appear to have made much of a dent in Likud's prospects.

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Why are peace talks off campaign agenda?

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 26, 2015

There could be few better illustrations of current relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority than the decision by the Israeli Electric Corporation (IEC) to cut off the power from the West Bank cities of Jenin and Nablus for 45 minutes on Monday afternoon.

The warning black-out was done after the PA failed to pay a significant portion of its electricity bills for the past two years.

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US denies reports of deal on Iran nuclear programme

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 25, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of the United States Congress next week to warn against an impending deal on Iran's nuclear programme. At the same time, US Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Geneva meeting the Iranians, perhaps putting the finishing touches on that very agreement.

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Denmark was a light during the Shoah, but today it is failing us

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 19, 2015

Few nations, if any, have stood by their Jewish community as the Danish people did during the Holocaust.

For three years during German occupation, they stood strong against Nazi demands to persecute the local Jews.

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Deep questions over Danish security

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 19, 2015

The gunman who had sprayed the art café with bullets was still at large.

It was only six hours since he had murdered filmmaker Fin Noorgard, who had been attending a freedom of speech event, and police were still clueless about his whereabouts or the location of his next target.

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Israeli premier needlessly offended European Jews

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 19, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu's call on Sunday for a "mass-immigration" is a direct extension of his personal belief that he is the "representative of the entire Jewish people".

That is how he described his role at an election event with French-speaking Likud members two weeks ago.

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Teflon Bibi rides out new expenses storm

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 19, 2015

The report issued on Tuesday by State Comptroller Yoseph Shapira on major overspending at Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence was potentially explosive for the prime minister.

The report contained allegations of excessive spending on fancy meals, the cleaning of his private weekend home in Caesarea, and hairdressing for his wife, Sara.

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'Americans holding from Israel details of Iran talks'

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 19, 2015

Tension between Washington and Jerusalem is growing as yet another crucial stage in the talks between the international community and Iran begins.

American and Israeli media outlets reported this week that the Obama administration has been limiting the information it has been sharing with Israel on the status of the talks and the details of an impending agreement.

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Israel-Jordan-Egypt alliance deepens

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 12, 2015

Two recent media reports of Israeli drones operating over Jordanian and Egyptian territory have not been acknowledged or commented upon — unsurprisingly — by any of the governments involved.

What is surprising, however, is that such reports now barely create a stir in the region.

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