Watch: Senior reporter makes election predictions

Jerusalem Post's chief political correspondent weighs in on US elections in talk with Arutz Sheva, predicts impact for Israel.

Eliran Aharon,

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders
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Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent and analyst of the Jerusalem Post, spoke with Arutz Sheva about the tight US presidential race taking place, and made his predictions for the winner.

Hoffman, who has lectured on Israel-US relations in 46 states in recent years, began by speaking about a report a few years ago showing that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "believes he could have been the president of the United States."

Extrapolating from that, he said Netanyahu has various ways of influencing the goings-on in the US, and while he is being more quiet in these elections, Sheldon Adelson who is close to Netanyahu is able to wield financial influence in the Republican race.

Turning to the Democratic party, Hoffman said Senator Bernie Sanders "has been critical of Israeli policies especially in Judea and Samaria," and then made his prediction by saying Hillary Clinton is the "most likely scenario."

He opined that Clinton would be better for Israel than US President Barack Obama has been, adding that until the Republicans can find a candidate to beat her we have to have "hopes and prayers" that she will be good for Israel.

Clinton has been struggling against Sanders, recently losing to him in New Hampshire. She has likewise been embroiled in controversy over her illegal private email server she used to transfer top secret information.

Regarding Israel, her emails appear to show she may be hostile to Israel in office; in 2011 she mulled a plan by a senior aide to stir up Palestinian unrest. Last November she said she would impose peace talks on the Jewish state, and there are concerns over her willingness to hold Iran accountable.

Hoffman concluded by noting that the influence of Israel and American Jews on the US elections is less than it's been in decades, adding there are lots of non-Jewish Americans with money and influence. He said Israel is not being raised as a key issue in the elections, and that's "probably a good thing."




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