US Presidential race

Michele Bachmann: a lesson in bad yiddish

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Michel Bachmann, a darling of America's Christian right, runs into a spot of trouble with a very well-known Yiddish word. Watch the clip at 1.35 for more:


Top Democratic Party role for Jewish congresswoman

By Jennifer Lipman, April 6, 2011

A Jewish politician has been personally chosen by President Barack Obama to take on a senior role within the Democratic Party.


Speculation as Sarah Palin plans meeting with Netanyahu

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2011

The American politician and Tea Party leader, Sarah Palin, is expected to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem today.

Mrs Palin, who arrived in Israel on Sunday after a trip to India, is on a private visit, but her trip has fuelled speculation that she is planning her own White House bid.


Palin to meet Netanyahu in Israel

By Jessica Elgot, March 17, 2011

Sarah Palin will meet Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Israel this weekend for a "private visit", Israel media has reported.

The former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate is due to arrive on Sunday with her husband Todd for a two-day visit, according to Yediot Aharonot. She is also expected to meet with other right-wing Knesset members.


Republican leader pledges US Israel support

By Jennifer Lipman, February 18, 2011

One of the most powerful members of the Republican opposition has vowed that the United States will stand by Israel.

John Boehner, who became Speaker of the House of Representatives after the Republican Party won a majority at the mid-term elections last November, made the promise during a meeting with the Israeli ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren.


Aaron Sorkin to film presidential scandal

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2010

Aaron Sorkin, the creator of White House television series the West Wing, is planning to bring another political story to the big screen.

Mr Sorkin is set to film the story of the rise and fall of John Edwards, the Democrat presidential contender brought down when a gossip magazine revealed his extramarital affair with an aide.


Interview: Ron Silver

By Paul Lester, October 30, 2008

Ron Silver is an actor, director and producer best known for his role as spin-doctor and presidential campaign adviser Bruno Gianelli in the acclaimed television drama The West Wing. But he is also becoming increasingly renowned for his outspoken views in the real world - on world politics, on East-West relations, American foreign policy and the future of the state of Israel.


Joseph Biden proves a hit as vice-presidential nominee

August 28, 2008

The choice of Senator Joseph Biden as the Democratic vice-presidential candidate has been received favourably by the American Jewish community, although political differences were nonetheless apparent.

While mainstream Jewish and pro-Israeli groups praised Mr Biden as a friend of Israel and the community, Jewish Republicans took issue with his stands on Iran, arguing that he did not support tough measures against the regime in Tehran.


Obama gets a kosher boost

By Dana Gloger, August 22, 2008

US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has promoted his adviser on Jewish and Middle East issues to the position of senior policy adviser and Jewish outreach coordinator.

Daniel Shapiro's appointment has been hailed as an increased effort by Democrat Mr Obama's campaign team to court America's Jewish vote ahead of the country's November general elections.


McCain vice-president list gets Jewish flavour

By Nathan Guttman, August 8, 2008

A young Jewish congressman has officially been added to Republican candidate John McCain's shortlist for sharing the presidential ticket.

Eric Cantor would not comment on the issue, but press reports in Washington quoted officials in the McCain campaign confirming that Mr Cantor was asked to provide documents to the committee advising Mr McCain on choosing a vice-president, indicating that he is being seriously considered.