For Sheldon Adelson ‘Israel is at the core of everything he does’

The Washington Post reports: When casino magnate Sheldon Adelson switched his support from Newt Gingrich to Mitt Romney during the spring primaries, the billionaire and the candidate were eager to shed their skepticism of each other. If Adelson was going to give a political campaign more money than anyone ever had, he wanted to be certain Romney would join him in steadfast support of Israel. And Romney, according to friends of both, sought assurance that Adelson wouldn’t embarrass him.

Since then, Adelson has joined Romney during the candidate’s visit to Israel this summer, attended presidential debates and gotten together with Romney so often that their wives have become friends, according to confidants of the two men.

Although Adelson, 79, has said he will give $100 million to help Romney and quash President Obama’s “socialist-style” approach to the economy, he remains skeptical, believing that politicians don’t deliver on promises and can’t be trusted.

“Many people who give very significant donations to political campaigns come to me afterwards very frustrated that they don’t get what they wanted once the person is elected,” says Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, which Adelson has supported for years. “Sheldon doesn’t expect people to change. He’s very realistic about politics.”

Adelson — whose gambling operations span the globe from Las Vegas to casinos open or planned in Macau, Singapore and Spain — tells friends he finds the way U.S. elections are funded to be abhorrent, putting too much power in the hands of a wealthy few. So as one of those wealthy few, why would he pour more money into a campaign than 65 average Americans will earn in their combined lifetimes?

Adelson would not agree to an interview unless he could screen all questions in advance, a condition The Washington Post declined to meet. But more than 20 friends, critics, colleagues and beneficiaries portray a man with several motives for his massive donations to political, religious and medical causes.

He’s a scrappy fighter who defends what is his, a self-made man who held more than 50 jobs before striking gold with his Venetian casino on the Vegas Strip, and he has developed a powerful aversion to taxes and unions. He is the 12th-richest person in the nation, according to Forbes magazine, with a fortune valued at $21 billion. ­Under Obama, Adelson has achieved a larger increase in his wealth than anyone else in the country. In the past two decades, he has also undergone a political conversion, from a Massachusetts Democrat who considered Republicans to be the establishment that resisted newcomers like him, to a Nevada Republican who believes that his former party coddles the idle and has fallen captive to identity politics.

Adelson is driven by the idea of Israel as a muscular riposte to the Holocaust. Based on his experience as a Jewish kid who would get insulted and roughed up in a tough Boston neighborhood, Adelson believes Jewish Americans should back an Israel that puts security first and resists compromise with Arabs who do not accept its existence.

“Israel is at the core of everything he does,” says Fred Zeidman, a friend of Adelson, fellow Romney backer and former chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. [Continue reading…]

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2 thoughts on “For Sheldon Adelson ‘Israel is at the core of everything he does’

  1. BillVZ

    “He’s a scrappy fighter-based on his experience as a Jewish kid who would get insulted and roughed up in a tough Boston neighborhood.”
    Just like the ‘ mick, wop’ and papists kids of that generation. Many Americans would describe an honorable person’s rise from rags to riches as “a real Horatio Alger story.” Hard to dis such a story of financial success. Just like anyone can become president too –it all part of good ‘ol American exceptionalism.
    Spending a good portion of his fortune for the removal of the incumbent president and the security of Israel is a part of it also but might it raise more than eye brows in disagreement and disgust?

  2. Renfro

    You have to wonder how the US got into to this condition….where a huge political money donor can say publicly and without fear of being denounced that he feels fine about using his citizenship and money to in effect ‘use’ this country and it’s citizens for another country and people he values higher. The answer can only be utter political corruption of our own government that has normalized this mentality.

    And because he was bullied as a kid for being Jewish he wants to decimate an entire other people that had nothing to with his bullying.
    Shall we expect Italian kids that were bullied by Irish kids to demand Scotland be destroyed to make up for kids from Ireland bullying them?

    These kind of Israel loyalist or psychopathics, really, are sick beyond repair.
    Faster please, I want to know how all this is going to end for the US.

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