A powerful exposé by veteran Canadian news anchor Wendy Mesley on the role of billionaire campaign donor Sheldon Adelson in getting the U.S. embassy moved to Jerusalem, Trump’s abandonment of the Iran nuclear deal, and both U.S. and Canadian Mideast policies. A NY Times reporter explains that Adelson is “the enforcer” for the conservative wing of the Israel lobby.
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Today, unarmed Gazans died by the dozens simultaneously with a star-studded celebration in Jerusalem. American pastors John Hagee and Robert Jeffress, well-known bigots, preached and prayed. Donald Trump was practically worshiped. No amount of spin could turn this debacle into a genuinely admirable day for Israel.
Billionaire Sheldon Adelson is a major donor to political candidates in the U.S. Would-be presidents curry his favor in the hope of receiving the millions of dollars he contributes to campaigns. As a result, he is highly influential in their policies regarding Israel. The Adelsons spent over $80 million on Republicans in 2016 and over $100 million in 2012 on Republican candidates and causes – the biggest donors in the presidential race.
Newly appointed National Security Advisor John Bolton is expected to lead the rest of Trump’s hawkish team into war. It’s just a matter of time, according to Philip Giraldi, before the US will be fighting a war in which it has no actual stake for an ally with which we have no defense agreement.
Thousands will gather in the U.S. capital this Friday for one of the largest Israel-related events of the year – the annual conference of the Israeli-American Council. Founded 10 years ago, IAC has 15 regional offices across the US, and more than a dozen local partnerships. Billionaire donor Haim Saban used to also be involved…
Bill Moyers: “We are hostage to his fortune”: Sheldon Adelson, Benjamin Netanyahu and America’s dark money conspiracy
Billionaire Sheldon Adelson officially gives hundreds of millions of dollars to GOP politicians, plus untold sums in “dark money”; in addition, he bankrolls Benjamin Netanyahu through his right-wing newspaper. Bottom line: Adelson gives Netanyahu power in Israel through his own private news outlet, and in the US by buying off Congress and calling the shots on its Middle East policies.
Pundits and politicians billed the special election race between two strong supporters of Israel, Jon Ossoff (D) and Karen Handel (R), as a major referendum on the first few months of the Trump administration. Tens of millions of Democratic dollars could not buy back Georgia’s 6th District in the most expensive US House race in history. Democrats have now lost all four special elections to fill vacancies left by Trump cabinet appointees.
The Taylor Force Act, a bill to limit aid to the Palestinian Authority, is being peddled on both sides of the aisle by a nationwide grassroots network of pro-Israel activists—including Sheldon Adelson, Shawn Evenhaim, Haim Saban and Adam Milstein—as well as several powerful pro-Israel lobbying groups.
A new anti-BDS campaign called 4il.org enlists Israel’s supporters as Internet foot soldiers. The two-pronged campaign is geared toward digitally savvy millennials, and uses an interactive website and a smartphone app to turn Israel advocacy into a competitive game.
JTA reports that Trump takes advice on Israel from Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate; and Ronald Lauder, the cosmetics heir and president of the World Jewish Congress. Both are major supporters of Israel, with differing views. Lauder wants Trump to court Mahmoud Abbas. Adelson wants him to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem…