January 12, 2021. Multi-billionaire, Sheldon Adelson, an ultra-right-wing backer of Trump and Netanyahu has died. In 2013 in a talk with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach before a crowd at Yeshiva University, Adelson said that the U.S. should show toughness with Iran by dropping a nuclear bomb in an Iranian desert and if the government there didn't comply with U.S. demands the U.S. should then drop the next bomb on Tehran. Here's Phillip Weiss video of what he said. Reportedly Iranian hackers breached Adelson's casino computers and caused him a loss of $40 million.
Adelson was a real piece of work. He ran casinos in Las Vegas and Macau, China. He started a free daily newspaper in Israel "Israel Hayom" and gave it away free. It loses a ton of money, but apparently he didn't mind it. The paper was a huge supporter of Netanyahu. By 2016 the paper was read by 39% of Israelis, a market share ten times as big as the center-liberal newspaper Ha'aretz. Ironically during the corruption investigation of Netanyahu it was alleged that he had promised the publisher of a rival newspaper that he would limit Israel Hayom's influence in exchange for more favorable overage in the publisher's newspaper, Yediot Ahronot. If true it's a legal offense in Israel.
Sheldon Adelson was a major funder of ultra-right pro-Israel-apartheid groups. One which calls itself the Zionist Organization of America objected to Condoleezza Rice's plans to try to broker a two-state solution for then President George W. Bush. They paid many thousands for a New York Times full-page ad which said, "SECRETARY RICE: DON'T PROMOTE A STATE FOR PALESTINIANS WHILE THEIR 10 COMMANDMENTS PROMOTE TERRORISM AND ISRAEL'S DESTRUCTION."
He gave incredible amounts of money to Netanyahu and especially Trump and the Republican Party. Adelson's reputed $50 billion fortune now goes to his wife, Miriam,
who calls herself and Israeli and an American. She was born in British occupied Palestine in 1946. In 2018 she was presented with the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom by Trump.
According to one journalist it was Miriam who got Sheldon to be 200% for Israel so one can expect little to change. The article in Haaretz today about her notes that she was the
major impulse in founding the Israeli-American Council which she and Sheldon because they felt AIPAC was supportive enough of Netanyahu and Israeli apartheid!
Adelson was also a huge funder of "Birthright" a group that brought young U.S. Jews to Israel to convince them that all the land conquered by the Zionists was their birthright.
Sheldon Adelson was in the international news just a couple of weeks ago because he had his private jet bring Jonathan Pollard to Israel. Pollard had been in a federal jail in the U.S. for 30 years for serving as a spy for Israel. Right off the jet he was personally met by Netanyahu. For more on that see The Struggle Video News #832.
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