US Presidential race

The great Trump test

By Robert Philpot, June 23, 2016

In April 1965, a group of disillusioned New York liberal intellectuals published the first edition of The Public Interest. Mainly Jewish, they shared what one of their number, the sociologist Nathan Glazer, termed "an allergy toward Communist oppression" and a loathing for the "increasing radicalisation, increasing vituperation, increasing disaffection with the country and its institutions".


Orthodox son-in-law acts as peacemaker

By Robert Philpot, June 23, 2016

As his self-congratulatory Tweets in the wake of the Orlando shootings and wild insinuations that President Obama is some form of Muslim Manchurian candidate have once again demonstrated, Donald Trump uncut is not a particularly pretty sight.

Even after he became the frontrunner for the Republican party's presidential nomination earlier this year, the billionaire has seldom adopted the tone a


Sanders' legacy in jeopardy as he vows to fight on

By Robert Philpot, June 9, 2016

History will undoubtedly record the odyssey that has been Bernie Sanders' improbable quest for this year's Democratic presidential nomination.

On the day he launched his campaign, in May 2015, the left-wing firebrand trailed Hillary Clinton by more than 50 points.


Push for Trump trip to Israel stays on ice

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2016

Despite attempts by supporters of Donald Trump to persuade the presumptive Republican presidential candidate to visit Israel before the US elections, it remains unclear whether the trip will go ahead.

A scheduled visit in December 2015 was cancelled in the wake of Mr Trump's call to prevent Muslims from entering the US.


William Kristol labelled 'renegade Jew' over backing for anti-Trump bid

By Josh Jackman, May 16, 2016

Prominent US conservative William Kristol has been called a “Renegade Jew” for supporting an independent bid for the presidency to stop presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump from winning the election in November.


Could William Kristol stop Trump?

By Robert Philpot, May 12, 2016

Ever since he cast his very first vote, William Kristol has checked the box next to the name of the Republican party's presidential candidate.


Sanders under fire for saying 10,000 Palestinians killed in 2014 Gaza war

By Josh Jackman, April 7, 2016

US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been criticised for saying that more than 10,000 Palestinian civilians were killed in the 2014 Gaza conflict.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry estimated that 761 civilians died during the hostilities, while the Gaza Health Ministry put the number at 1,617.


Could Al Franken be Clinton’s Trump card?

By Robert Philpot, April 7, 2016

With the - albeit unintentional - exception of Dan Quayle, few US vice-presidential candidates are chosen with the expectation that they will provide the electorate with much in the way of amusement.


Simple. Punchy. Donald stunned them

By Bernard Hughes, March 23, 2016

I arrived at the Aipac policy conference not knowing what was in store. Travelling to Washington, all I knew was that I was to be one of approximately 18,700 delegates converging on the US capital to celebrate the US-Israel relationship.

What I saw was perhaps the most perfectly orchestrated political event I have ever attended.


Trump casts his spell over Aipac

By Michael Goldfarb, March 23, 2016

He came, he saw, he stroked. Donald Trump, front runner for the Republican nomination for president of the United States, addressed Aipac's annual policy conference in Washington DC on Monday.

Those who expected the controversy that has dogged Mr Trump throughout his campaign to follow him here were disappointed. He knew his audience and gave them what they wanted.