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JCC Opinion Soup: Obama or McCain - Who's good for the Jews?

Two weeks before America goes to the polls, Melanie Phillips, James Rubin and Jonathan Freedland discuss with chair Jon Sopel which candidate will be best for Israel – and for world Jewry.

November 4 2008 will see the most exciting and arguably most important US election for a generation. A couple of weeks before America goes to the polls, Opinion Soup asks which candidate will be best for Israel – and for Jews around the world.

Barack Obama is committed to dialogue with America’s enemies – including Iran – whilst John McCain promises more of the robust hawkishness of the last eight years.

Publicly both insist that they will stand firmly by Israel. Nevertheless, many commentators see a difference between Obama’s commitment to reviving US-led diplomatic efforts and McCain’s unconditional support for the Jewish state.

Daily Mail commentator Melanie Phillips has warned that it will be a grave mistake if American Jews back Obama, while invited speaker Jonathan Freedland, Guardian columnist, insist that Obama is the best hope for America - and the world.

BBC News presenter Jon Sopel chairs this compelling discussion on the greatest contest of 2008.


Jonathan Friedland | talks
Jon Sopel | talks
Melanie Phillips | talks


Date and Time:

12 October 2008 at 7:30 pm


2 hours



Hampstead Town Hall
213 Haverstock Hill

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