US Presidential race

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

June 6, 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 6, 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 30, 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.


Obama's liberal Jewish fools

By Melanie Phillips, May 30, 2008

American Jews are so intent on voting anti-Republican that they are trying to elect an anti-Israel Democrat

Are American Jews the equivalent of chickens voting for Shabbat?

They have persuaded themselves that Barack Obama is a friend of the Jewish people, because Obama put his hand on his heart and swore
undying friendship to the state of Israel.


Obama out to prove pro-Israel credentials

By Nathan Guttman, May 23, 2008

As Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama moves toward securing his party’s nomination, attacks on the candidate’s views on Israel and the Middle East are intensifying.

Mr Obama, who is now on a collision course with President George Bush and with Republican nominee John McCain over his more equivocal policy on Hamas and Iran, has made a point of answering every attack and of increasing his effort to prove his pro-Israel credentials to the US Jewish community.


AJC praise by Obama pastor

May 2, 2008

The former pastor of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama has praised Jewish leaders. Reverend Jeremiah Wright, accused of likening Israeli policies to apartheid and blaming the US for bringing the September 11 terror attacks on itself due to its foreign policy, made a point of publicly thanking Melanie Maron, an American Jewish Committee leader, and “my good friend and Jewish author Tim Wise”.


Race still on after US poll win

By Nathan Guttman, April 25, 2008

The Democratic race for the party’s nomination is no closer to a result despite Hillary Clinton’s win in Tuesday’s primary elections in the state of Pennsylvania. According to exit polls, Mrs Clinton benefited more than Barack Obama from efforts to lobby the local community, with 55 per cent of Jewish voters supporting her and only 45 per cent giving their vote to Mr Obama. Both contenders had made a special effort to reach out to Jewish voters in Pennsylvania.