Adelson is helping Gingrich, as he once helped Bush

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Politico is saying that Sheldon Adelson, the ultra-Zionist casino owner reported by Forbes to be the third-richest person in the U.S., may have committed $20 million to pro-Gingrich groups outside the official campaign. This ties in with the great reporting on Republican competition for Jewish donors by Josh Nathan-Kazis and Nathan Guttman at the Forward; they also said that Gingrich’s big Jewish backer is Sheldon Adelson, and the two have a mutual friend in Netanyahu.   

This piece underlines what I’ve reported, and repeated again and again, about Adelson: that at the same time that he gave the Republican National State Elections Committee $100,000 in 2000 (after $200,000 in the two years before that), president-elect George Bush was giving neocon Douglas Feith a job, and Feith brought the One-Jerusalem/freeze-the-peace-process agenda into the Bush administration.  Along with Iraq-war-architect David Wurmser, who comes up again here, in Gingrich’s wake. Notice all the neocons floating around the Romney and Gingrich campaigns in the Forward report:

In the battle for the Republican pro-Israel vote, Newt Gingrich lacks Mitt Romney’s broad base of prominent Jewish donors. But he has something potentially more powerful: the support of one of Benjamin Netanyahu’s most significant American backers, and a relationship with the Israeli prime minister himself that stretches back decades.

Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, one of the wealthiest men in the world and a major donor to Jewish and conservative causes, is widely known as a Netanyahu stalwart. Less well known are his equally close ties to Gingrich, to whom he has been a major giver in recent years…

Ties between Gingrich and Netanyahu date back to the mid 1990s, when both shared a goal of countering a drive by then-president Bill Clinton to advance the peace process. Netanyahu, as leader of the opposition, maintained close relations with Gingrich and the Republican leadership.

“At the time, Bibi used him [Gingrich] to pressure the president when it came to issues relating to the peace process,” recalled Itamar Rabinovich, Israel’s ambassador to Washington from 1993 to 1996….

Gingrich’s foreign policy team, announced in late November, may also billboard an attempt to appeal to Jews. It includes Middle East hawks like onetime Dick Cheney adviser David Wurmser and Iran expert Ilan Berman, editor of a journal published by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, a right-wing Israel-focused think tank.

Gingrich hasn’t cornered the market on right-wing, pro-Israel supporters. Philip Rosen, former national chairman of American Friends of Likud, hosted a $10,000-per-head fundraiser for Romney in September. And Romney’s foreign policy team includes such neoconservative stalwarts as former defense policy advisory board member Eliot Cohen and Dan Senor, former spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.

(h/t Voskamp via Sullivan)

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  1. Bill in Maryland
    December 16, 2011, 12:17 pm

    The number of neoconservatives waiting just off stage in the camps of the Republican candidates, eager to find any excuse for the US to go to war with Iran, is ominous and worrisome. Obama’s re-election is quite uncertain. We need to be able to use the term “Israel-firster” freely on the Chris Matthews or Ed Shows.

  2. seafoid
    December 16, 2011, 12:26 pm

    Bizarre statement in Ha’aretz

    “We believe in common with most Israelis that Israeli nationality is an inclusive concept which can accommodate equally those of other faiths and ethnic origins.”

    Zionism “can accommodate those of other ethnic origins”. Including the local people. I guess that is colonialism in a nutshell.
    But of course it can’t even do that.

    • piotr
      December 17, 2011, 10:40 pm

      I do not understand what is wrong about the sentence, ESPECIALLY given the context.

      True, many Israelis believe that while Israeli nationality can accomodate a variety of “other faiths”, it should not. Other believe that it should. Probably relatively few believe that it cannot.

      The sentence is a quotation from a document that critically describes actual (rather than potential) accommodation of the minorities in Israel and recommends improvement. In that context the sentence slyly rebuts criticisms that recommended reforms would undermine the national character of the Jewish State.

      In actuality, I am not sure if the concept of “Israeli nationality” exists. Recently an intelectual requested that in the population registry he would be reclassified from “Jew” to “Israeli”, and he won a lawsuit to achieve that goal. So there are several individuals who are “Israeli”, rather than “Israeli Jews”, “Israeli Beduins” etc. So the sentence is of the character “surely you want to eat your vegetables and grow strong and healthy like other children”. Nothing sure about that, but I would not characterize such motherly statement as a lie.

    • Annie Robbins
      December 17, 2011, 11:01 pm

      seafoid, i agree. it was that sentence that made me suspicious of the project here:

      • seafoid
        December 18, 2011, 12:14 pm

        It’s nuts. Half of the people in Erez Israel are not Jewish. The political system serves half of the people ruled by the system. That is called racism.

    • eljay
      December 17, 2011, 11:20 pm

      >> “We do not believe that recognition of Israel as a Jewish State should detract in any way from the vision of equality for all its citizens enshrined in its founding documents,” the report says.

      There is no vision of equality in a religion-supremacist “Jewish state”.

      >> “It is in the interests of all Israelis to demonstrate that Israel is not only Jewish and democratic, but tolerant and inclusive, and that these are patriotic values.

      How exactly is Jewishness a “patriotic value” to non-Jews?

  3. Charon
    December 16, 2011, 1:45 pm

    I don’t trust him, but Gordon Duff of Veterans Today once wrote something on Gingrich being ‘invented’ that made a whole lot of sense. That Gingrich was a ‘creation’ of the lobby from the very beginning. Basically they saw in this man somebody who could do their dirty work with a straight face and be ‘charming’ about it to gullible masses. Ron Paul’s political ads kinda exposed part of this. His constant flip-flopping on issues and all the third party conflict-of-interest bribery.

    Adelson is one of the PTB. He has all the symptoms. Philanthropy to save face superficially that funds propaganda and can be used to throw his weight around if need be (the way ‘donors’ pressure universities to silence criticism of Israel). He is invested in the media, his Israeli newspaper has the highest readership in Israel. He is sue crazy, he sues everybody. And when people sue him he accuses them of lying. Always. And smears them. His lawyers are well-paid and make him nearly invincible. He apologizes a lot and his apologies lack empathy meaning he is likely a psychopath. And this is not the first time he has donated something to Gingrich.

    $20 million is quite a bit of cash. In the back of my mind, I kept thinking about that article written by Duff. I was thinking if this man was really a Likudite brought up by the lobby, why was he in the background in the initial straw polls and debates? Maybe they were waiting for the opportune moment to bring him to the spotlight, assuming there way any truth to the ‘creation’ thing to begin with. Now he’s the front runner. That’s why I think Duff was telling the truth (I’ll try and dig up the article). Weird that the “Jewish Vote” abandoned Obummer to support Romney and now are supporting Gingrich. And that folks, is why Ron Paul is going to come out ahead. At least IMO. Because Gingrich is truly unelectable.

    • Charon
      December 16, 2011, 1:47 pm

      Not the article I was thinking of, this one is new and from the same place. It’s similar:

      The author is a Palestinian American. It’s a response to the invented people thing and doesn’t say he was a product of the lobby but it’s kinda along the same lines. I can’t find the one I was thinking of. Now that I remember it, I think it was implicating that Rupert Murdoch had something to do with bribing Newt from the outset too. Who knows…

  4. Justice Please
    December 16, 2011, 2:58 pm

    Gingrich needs to get destroyed at the polls for letting people like the racist traitor Adelson bribe him.

  5. Justice Please
    December 16, 2011, 3:05 pm


    “GIULIANI: I jumped up out of my chair and cheered for Newt when he said what he said about Palestine. Finally. Thank God. Someone is saying the right things about Palestine. Somebody has to question why are we creating a Palestinian state that’s going to be another terrorist state. Put Israel aside for a minute. Is it in the interest of the United States of America to create another state where they’re going to be training people to come over here and blow us up? Of course it isn’t.”

  6. DICKERSON3870
    December 16, 2011, 3:21 pm

    RE: “Politico is saying that Sheldon Adelson, the ultra-Zionist casino owner reported by Forbes to be the third-richest person in the U.S., may have committed $20 million to pro-Gingrich groups” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: Wow, Gingrich’s recent “play” for contributions [calling the Palestinians an “invented people”] seems to have resulted in a mighty quick, mammoth payoff (see below)!

    SEE: Gingrich comments on Palestinians a “play” for “Jewish” money, former strategist says, by Ali Abunimah, 12/13/11

    (excerpt) Newt Gingrich, the US Republican presidential hopeful and former House Speaker who said Palestinians are an “invented people,” was making a “play” to attract “Jewish” money to his campaign, a former close associate said today.
    Reacting to Gingrich’s comments on the Palestinians, Matt Towery, a conservative columnist who served as a campaign strategist for Gingrich in the 1980s, told CNN’s Saturday Morning News:

    The Republican primary is one in which primarily you have money coming from pro-Israelis and in Jewish organizations and that[s] a play for that money. And you’re really are not going to have a whole lot of folks involved from either the Arab world or from any area that might be affected by these comments that are going to be voting in any of these primaries any time soon.

    It is generally considered taboo in the United States and even evidence of “anti-Semitism” to talk about the influence of “Jewish” or pro-Israel money in elections. That a former Gingrich advisor and well-known Republican pundit is doing so openly is a notable development…

    SOURCE –

    • DICKERSON3870
      December 16, 2011, 10:45 pm

      RE: “Gingrich’s recent ‘play’ for contributions [calling the Palestinians an ‘invented people’] – me, above

      SEE: Mr. Gingrich, Grab a Pen: It’s Time for Your History Lesson, by Ashraf Ezzat, Dissident Voice, 12/16/11

      (excerpts)…since Mr. Gingrich likes to see his ranting about the Palestinians as factually correct history…I would like to introduce Professor Ze`ev Herzog to Mr. Gingrich.
      Prof. Ze’ev Herzog teaches in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University. He took part in the excavations of…[numerous]. He is the author of books on the city gate in Palestine and its neighbors and on two excavations, and has written a book summing up the archaeology of the ancient city…
      …After decades of extensive and arduous archeological excavations and search, Prof. Herzog and many other Israeli archeologists, such as Prof. Israel Finkelstein et al, reached a robust conclusion that somehow resembled Prof. [Shlomo] Sand’s thesis of the invention of the Jewish people…
      …Here is a summary by Prof. Herzog, from his famous article “Deconstructing the Walls of Jericho” published in Ha’aretz Magazine, Friday, October 29, 1999 that explains why the harmonious picture of the historicity of the Promised Land collapsed:

      Following 70 years of intensive excavations in the Land of Israel, archaeologists have found out: The patriarchs’ acts are legendary stories, we did not sojourn in Egypt or make an exodus, we did not conquer the land. Neither is there any mention of the empire of David and Solomon. Those who take an interest have known these facts for years, but Israel is a stubborn people and doesn’t want to hear about it.
      This is what archaeologists have learned from their excavations in the Land of Israel: the Israelites were never in Egypt, did not wander in the desert, did not conquer the land in a military campaign and did not pass it on to the 12 tribes of Israel. Perhaps even harder to swallow is that the united monarchy of David and Solomon, which is described by the Bible as a regional power, was at most a small tribal territory…


      • piotr
        December 17, 2011, 11:05 pm

        I read Israel Finkelstein and some other authors, and it is not true that archaeologist KNOW that there was no “sojourn in Egypt”. Semitic tribes had presence in Egypt (and Sinai, of course) most of the time, and some groups were entering and leaving Egypt on regular basis.

        What Finkelstein has proven is that there was no bloody conquest of Joshua because at the most plausible time for that conquest there were very, very few people living in settled villages of Kana’an, especially away from the coastal plane. It was the time of a demographic implosion, a deep climate induced crisis that affected entire eastern Mediterranean. As the climate improved again, raising crops again became attractive and several new agriculturalist nations were formed on both sides of the Jordan. New nations were a fusion of native farmers and pastoralists, but elite groups could well be more cosmopolitan in outlook.

        At the very least, the elite group could descend from wanderers who could impress local yokes with the tales of their exploits in the Egypt land where their ancestor Joseph was a Grand Vizier…

    • DICKERSON3870
      December 16, 2011, 11:42 pm

      RE: “Gingrich’s recent ‘play’ for contributions [calling the Palestinians an ‘invented people’] – me, above

      SEE: Gingrich, Israel and the Palestinians, by Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 12/16/11

      (excerpts)…FROM ITS very beginning, the Zionist movement has denied the existence of the Palestinian people. . .
      …So who were these curious human beings they met when they came to the country? Oh, ah, well, they were just people who happened to be there, but not “a” people. Passers-by, so to speak. Later, the story goes, after we had made the desert bloom and turned an arid and neglected land into a paradise, Arabs from all over the region flocked to the country, and now they have the temerity – indeed the chutzpah – to claim that they constitute a Palestinian nation!
      For many years after the founding of the State of Israel, this was the official line. Golda Meir famously exclaimed: “There is no such thing as a Palestinian people!”
      A huge propaganda machine – both in Israel and abroad – was employed to “prove” that there was no Palestinian people. A lady called Joan Peters wrote a book (“From Time Immemorial”) proving that the riffraff calling themselves “Palestinians” had nothing to do with Palestine. They are nothing but interlopers and impostors. The book was immensely successful – until some experts took it apart and proved that the whole edifice of conclusive proofs was utter rubbish…
      …The name “Palestine” was mentioned by a Greek historian some 2500 years ago. A “Duke of Palestine” is mentioned in the Talmud. When the Arabs conquered the country, they called it “Filastin”, as they still do”…
      …For centuries, Palestine was considered a part of Greater Syria (the region known in Arabic as ‘Sham’). There was no formal distinction between Syrians, Lebanese, Palestinians and Jordanians. But when, after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the European powers divided the Arab world between them, a state called Palestine became a fact under the British Mandate, and the Arab Palestinian people established themselves as a separate nation with a national flag of their own…


  7. flyod
    December 16, 2011, 6:25 pm

    if this were fiction adelson would be the ultimate archenemy. something around 200 million dollars to “jewish” causes per year. and if that in itself is not such a bad thing, much is directly benefiting israel’s military machine. one organization of which he is a founder/ principle donor is the iaf center, a tactical training and research facility dedicated to most aspects of military aviation including drone warfare. so when some hapless palestinian is collateral damage to a lockheed martin hellfire strike his surviving family, if there are any, can thank sheldon’s generosity (they can thank lockeed martin also for proudly siting on the iaf centers donor wall of honor). all while his wife’s substance abuse clinics treat the equally hapless crack/ heroin addicts of vegas. down and out victims perhaps of adelson’s very own gaming industry.
    and of course there is his funding of freedom watch. how many unknowing victims can be attributed to those iraq war cheerleaders? is it safe to say that there is perhaps no greater traitor to the american people than this, unfortunately most successful, self made man? every role of the dice/every spin of the wheel comes up blackjack! his fortune is purported to increase by a cool 1 million dollars per hour. 20 million to newt is just a poor days wage. what a bright future it is. so when he’s done bleeding the united states dry he can move his gambling show on to china’s 1.3 billion potential clients. no wait, he’s already there. do you feel lucky, china?

  8. tombishop
    December 16, 2011, 7:51 pm

    From Talk to Action:
    “Will the “Casino King” Finance “Saint” Gingrich’s Campaign?”
    Bill Berkowitz

  9. dumvitaestspesest
    December 16, 2011, 8:36 pm

    Do we want to have, as a president, a man who sticks out his hand and says:
    ” ok , grease my palm, and I will say and do whatever you want me to”.??

  10. BradAllen
    December 17, 2011, 7:15 am

    I suspect Adelson had a hand in Mc Cain’s rise during the last election after he was down and practically out, but it didn’t do him any good then. Buying a US president doesn’t always work.

    If all the money used for the election (funding, advertising, parties, backstabbing etc..) is put towards something more useful, say like helping the poor in the US, who knows, maybe no American kids will go to bed hungry for a change, and the election might actually be a little more representative of the people.

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