Sheldon Adelson, casino magnate and one of the most rabid Zionists in US politics is dead.
He was 87. His funeral will be held in Israel.
That should tell us something about his true loyalty.
His company, the Las Vegas Sands, said he died in Malibu, California, from complications related to treatment of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
A personal friend of President Donald Trump’s, Adelson was one of his top donors as well as of other right-wing politicians.
These politicians, virtually in his pocket, included George W. Bush, John McCain, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and the certified crook, Rudy Giuliani.
Over the course of the 2020 election cycle alone, Adelson gave more than $420 million to conservative candidates and political groups including the Jewish blackmailing group, America Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
AIPAC is a non-registered lobby group, hence illegal under US law yet no president or any other politician dare raise this issue.
His friendship with Trump was so deep, Adelson had monthly telephone chats with him.
Trump also frequently invited the Adelsons to dinner at the White House.
In the 2015 run-up to the Republican Party nomination for president, Adelson’s favorite horse was Marco Rubio, not Trump.
The latter took to twitter—his favorite tool that has now been taken away from him since the January 6 storming of Capitol Building by a pro-Trump terrorist mob—“Sheldon Adelson is looking to give big dollars to Rubio because he feels he can mold him into his perfect little puppet. I agree!”
Adelson eventually endorsed Trump, but remained hesitant through much of 2016.
“He gave more than $20 million in the final weeks of the campaign after reports that he would contribute $100 million, and was more generous with congressional races,” according to US Today.
The gambling magnet became close to Trump once the latter entered the White House.
Trump became his favourite puppet and got him to do things other presidents had hesitated.
Adelson’s antipathy to Palestinians and to Iran long preceded his friendship with Trump.
His enmity toward Iran was so deep that at a panel discussion in 2014, he suggested dropping a nuclear bomb over an unpopulated region of the country.
“‘You want to be wiped out? Go ahead and take a tough position and continue with your nuclear development.’”
Had someone suggested that a nuclear bomb be dropped on Tel Aviv, the person would be branded an anti-Semite and a terrorist.
And rightly so.
Yet at his death, American politicians—mostly right-wing—cannot praise him enough.
Once again, the expression, “America has the best democracy money can buy,” holds true.
Adelson was also instrumental in pushing Trump to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.
In May 2018, when the US embassy was moved, the Adelsons were given front seats at the ceremony.
For his massive contributions to Trump campaign as well as other conservative politicians, Trump awarded Miriam Adelson a Presidential Medal of Freedom in December 2018.
Adelson was also a top financier and political patron of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In 2007, Adelson began financing Israel Hayom (Israel Today), a tabloid newspaper circulated free.
Not surprisingly, it became Israel’s largest-circulation daily.
The paper reflects Adelson’s anti-Palestinian positions and backs the apartheid policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.