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.
By Alison Weir, YouTube – If Americans Knew
Billionaire casino owner 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.
See, for example, this article (posted below) about his relationship to Donald Trump, and to Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem – an action that previous presidents from both parties refused to take. Adelson has also promoted anti-Iran policies.
Adelson and his wife Miriam spent more than $80 million on Republicans in 2016. They contributed $35 million to help elect DonaldTrump, and then gave $5 million to Trump’s inauguration. In 2012 the Adelsons spent more than $100 million on Republican candidates and causes, and they were the biggest donors in the presidential race.
Other pro-Israel billionaires have similarly supported Hillary Clinton. As a result of the Israel lobby, the U.S. gives Israel over $10 million per day – on average about 7,000 times more per capita than we give to others around the world. (More statistics here.)
In July 2010 Adelson, a U.S. citizen, told an Israeli group that he regretted that he had worn an American army uniform rather than an Israeli one. He noted that his wife and daughter had served in the Israeli army, and hoped that his son would become an Israeli sniper. Adelson’s statements were reported at the time by NBC’s Michael Isikoff.
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