US Presidential race

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 21, 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 7, 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.


Obama woos Israel lobby

By Nathan Guttman, June 5, 2008

The largest-ever conference of pro-Israel activists convened in Washington DC this week. It took a political flavour as presidential candidates used the event to tout their pro-Israel credentials and tried to court the Jewish community for support in the coming November elections.

The main message sent out by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) focused on the need to take tough measures against Iran. Presidential hopefuls followed suit, promising to increase pressure on Tehran, if and when elected to the White House.


Forget the Palestinians — Iran is the big issue for presidential hopefuls

June 5, 2008

It was not the first time Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had told this story. Apparently, she thinks it resonates with Jewish-American crowds. It is the story of her last meeting with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon before he went into a coma, how he showed her the sheep on his farm, and she, city girl that she is, had never met a sheep face-to-face, or so she says.


Why President Obama could be good for Israel

By Daniella Peled, June 5, 2008

A more involved US president might boost the peace process

Barack Obama has so far managed to defy one expectation after another. He has come from being a virtually unknown greenhorn to defeating Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate. And he may yet become America’s first ever black president, as well as one of its youngest.

So would President Obama repudiate the whispering doubts about his pro-Israel and Jewish-friendly credentials that have accompanied his campaign?


McCain’s pastor isolated after saying Shoah was ‘God’s plan’

May 29, 2008

John Hagee, the controversial American preacher and endorser of Republican presidential nominee John McCain, has vowed “to fight antisemitism and to support Israel” as he hit back at criticism over his contentious Holocaust theology.

Mr McCain recently cut his ties with the preacher — who founded Christians United for Israel — after a sermon by Mr Hagee came to light in which he explained the Shoah as a divine plan.