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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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Iran deadline pushed back amid last-minute tension

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 2, 2015

The final round of talks in Vienna on Iran's nuclear programme, which were originally slated to end on Tuesday, have been extended by seven days, as new "red lines" drawn up by Iran's Supreme Leader have greatly complicated matters.

The difficulty of reaching a deal was underlined this week when it emerged that both International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano and Ira

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Bibi, Herzog struggle for control as gas debate reveals Knesset chaos

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 2, 2015

Monday night in the Knesset belonged to the opposition.

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No Hamas talks, says Yaalon

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 2, 2015

Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon has denied reports that Israel is holding talks, direct or indirect, with Hamas on the future of Gaza.

Mr Yaalon said that the extent of Israel's current involvement was "allowing the Qataris to build infrastructure there, but they have no diplomatic role and there is no European intermediary either.

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Israeli fury over plan for rival convert court

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 1, 2015

An initiative by the Jewish Agency to set up its own independent conversion court could challenge the Israeli rabbinate's global monopoly on giyur.

Israel's rabbinical courts are currently the sole authorities that can decide on the Jewishness of converts who seek Israeli citizenship.

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Fury over Jewish Agency plan for independent conversion court

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 29, 2015

An initiative by the Jewish Agency to set up its own independent conversion court could challenge the Israeli rabbinate’s global monopoly on giyur.

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'Obama's Muslim outreach stems from childhood'

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 25, 2015

A new and controversial book by Israel's former ambassador to the US is aggravating the already tense ties between the two countries.

Ally, by MK Michael Oren, which came out on Tuesday, has enraged US officials and elicited a stern rebuke from Mr Oren's own party leader.

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Tension over French UN move

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 25, 2015

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius's visit to the Middle East on Sunday raised the prospect that the Obama administration may not veto a resolution France plans to bring to the UN Security Council on setting a timetable for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

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Israeli man shot dead on trip to swim in spring

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 25, 2015

Over a thousand people attended the funeral of Danny Gonen on Sunday after the Israeli was shot at point blank range by a Palestinian near the West Bank settlement of Dolev.

Mr Gonen and his friend, Netanel Hadad, were intending to go for a swim in the Ein Bubin spring north of Jerusalem on Friday when they decided to turn back after seeing only Palestinians there.

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The nuclear deal with Iran will happen. Question is, what will it look like?

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 24, 2015

The last round of talks towards a comprehensive nuclear agreement between the world powers and Iran began this week amid statements from both sides that put their official deadline in doubt.

While a deal is supposed to be completed by June 30, it is now widely expected that the talks will extend beyond that.

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Likud will need MK who 'pimped and took drugs'

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 18, 2015

Allegations of sexual harassment, pimping and hard drug-use against a junior Knesset member have cast a shadow over Israel's parliament and emphasised the difficulties facing Benjamin Netanyahu's tiny coalition.

Oren Hazan, who was number 30 on Likud's candidate list and scraped into the Knesset, has been the subject of two hard-hitting TV news reports in the past two weeks.

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Culture Minister Regev on 'collision course' with left

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 18, 2015

Culture Minister Miri Regev is rapidly becoming the standard-bearer, or main hate-figure, depending on the political perspective, in the escalating culture-war between the new right-wing government and Israel's mainly left-leaning creative community.

On Tuesday, Ms Regev announced she was freezing public funding for the Jewish-Arab theatre in Haifa, Al-Midan, which had produced a play on the li

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Destroying Arab villages is self-defeating

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 18, 2015

The Israeli Defence Ministry this week issued a list of special arrangements for the West Bank during the month of Ramadan.

The orders eased the restrictions on movement for Palestinian civilians in ways unprecedented since the start of the First Intifada in 1987.

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Israel ups Gaza PR war - but engages Hamas

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 18, 2015

Israel and the Palestinians are preparing for next week's publication of the UN Human Rights Council report on last year's conflict in Gaza.

But events on the ground this week seemed to overtake any struggles to define the past as reports circulated of indirect talks between Israel and Hamas and, on Wednesday, the Palestinian government resigned.

Israel has refused to co-operate with the UNH

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