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Sheldon Adelson has a piece up at this Jewish news service warning that Obama dislikes Israel and will act on his true feelings in a second term. The piece includes the statement that Obama studied under the late Edward W. Said. Some footnotes on that relationship follow my Adelson excerpt. 

Think about Obama’s anti-Israel friends and mentors—radicals like Rashid Khalidi, Frank Marshall Davis, Jeremiah Wright, or the late Edward Said, the virulently anti-Israel professor under whom Obama studied. Has he made anti-Israel promises to them? Is Obama’s campaign rhetoric in support of Israel only creating “space” till after the election?

…Given that Obama’s public expressions are not something Israelis can rely upon, we need to take seriously the question: What are his second term plans when he no longer needs the Jewish vote?

Let’s also not forget, when Obama took office, he admitted his administration sought to put “daylight” between America and Israel. He lectured that the Jewish state needed “to engage in serious self-reflection” about peace—as if tiny Israel has not spent decades pursuing peace with its belligerent neighbors. And unbelievably, in his 2009 address to the Muslim world, he implied a moral equivalence between the Holocaust and Palestinian dislocation.

With a second term the president won’t have fears of electoral accountability and will act upon his true feelings toward Israel.

This is worrying—especially at a time when the Jewish state as well as Americans sorely need a president whose words and policies they can rely on.

Not since 1967 has Israel’s safety been more precarious. 

In these times of unrest and violence, it is necessary to elect a commander-in-chief whose words we can trust. Mitt Romney, to my mind, is a much safer choice. Unlike Obama, he not only understands Israel’s predicament, he actually likes the country.

To be sure, no one should argue that Jews must support Romney just because he is more reliable on Israel. But neither should they dismiss him because they don’t agree with his every position. When the Jewish homeland is at stake, we must not let ourselves be fooled by Obama’s oration skills.

Obama in 1998 attended a Chicago dinner organized by the Khalidi circle, at which Said was the keynote speaker, and there’s a photo of him seated at the table with Said and his wife.

Philip Weiss

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  1. Woody Tanaka on October 12, 2012, 11:54 am

    “Adelson says Obama dislikes Israel and will ‘act on his true feelings’ in a second term”
    One can dream…

    • American on October 12, 2012, 12:15 pm

      Yea,……I’ll probably be disappointed but I’m voting for a Obama second term just to see if he will act on his true feelings regarding Israel.

      • Citizen on October 12, 2012, 9:28 pm

        @ American

        Yeah, I did that for his first term…
        But if he gets another term, he will be thinking of his post-POTUS career, his channels of speaking cash, etc. Does he strike you at this juncture as a still secret radical, root real humanitarian, or just somebody who likes it easy, with white casual preppie style, golf, etc. mixed in with a day or so a week of shooting hoops, speaking bubbonics, etc?

      • tokyobk on October 13, 2012, 8:00 am

        Israel Firsters.

      • Woody Tanaka on October 14, 2012, 10:51 am

        I’m voting for Obama because of the potential Supreme Court picks that Romney would choose. I think the Palestinians are screwed either way, but at least with Obama, one can hope (probably false hope, but hope.)

  2. talknic on October 12, 2012, 12:00 pm

    My Sheldon’s Hasbara over floweth

    //”Obama’s campaign never mentions that in the past few years his budgets have proposed significant cuts in US-Israel missile defense funds—from $121.7mil to $99.8mil, a substantial slash”// elsewhere //”Mr. Sheldon G. Adelson …. In June, he gave the pro-Mitt Romney Super PAC $10 million. “//

    Just a few bucks short of half the US-Israel missile defense fund. Amazing.

  3. tombishop on October 12, 2012, 12:02 pm

    From Talk to Action:

    Sheldon Adelson Obliterates Democracy at Home and Abroad
    “If you’ve been paying any attention to Election 2012, you have undoubtedly become familiar with Sheldon Adelson. The casino magnate and Republican Party benefactor – worth $20.5 billion according to Forbes magazine – is fully committed to defeating President Barack Obama, and to that end has pledged to spend as much as $100 million.
    Beyond Adelson’s anti-Obama advocacy lies two greater causes; un-wavering support for right wing Israeli politicians and organizations; and, urging the US government to take more muscular action against Iran.”

    http://www.talk2action.org/story/2012/10/11/103910/73/Dominionism_in_the_military/Sheldon_Adelson_Obliterates_Democracy_at_Home_and_Abroad_

  4. annie on October 12, 2012, 12:03 pm

    i always get a chuckle when people invoke ‘tiny israel’.

  5. seanmcbride on October 12, 2012, 12:08 pm

    When the Jewish homeland is at stake, we must not let ourselves be fooled by Obama’s oration skills.

    Aren’t most Americans much more concerned about the *American* homeland than the Jewish homeland?

    Many Zionists in the United States have lost their minds — heavy doses of messianic ethno-religious nationalism will do that to one.

    Zionist billionaires like Sheldon Adelson (and there are least a few dozen of them, subverting the American political system in a coordinated way across both major political parties) often appear to be on a mission to embody the Protocols of the Elders of Zion in living flesh.

    • American on October 12, 2012, 12:28 pm

      I want to know why zionist live in the US.
      Why aren’t they living in Israel? They have automatic citizenship.
      Why are any Jews who fervently support their Jewish homeland living in other countries?
      Why aren’t they living in their own nation they claim to love so much.
      Why are politicians like Wasserman who said that in Israel she felt she was truly in her real homeland at last in the US? Except to use her citizenship and position here for Israel.
      These are the questions I would love to see the zios asked in some public interview.
      I’ve never seen a single one of them questioned on why they are here when they consider Israel their real country.
      If I went around saying I take my love of Russia to work with every day and that it was my true homeland people would be asking me why I didn’t just move there.

    • pabelmont on October 12, 2012, 12:44 pm

      Yes, Elders of Zion they wish to appear, to ape, to surpass, and to realize or reify. But no serious person dare call them that. You can call a spade a spade, but you cannot call a manipulator of a nation’s destiny an “Elder of Zion”.

  6. David Doppler on October 12, 2012, 1:04 pm

    The way to deal with Netanyahu & Adelson is to oust them from power in Israel. We do that by sending a strong message from America – Jewish and non-Jewish – that the Clean Break Strategy has worn out its welcome and its viability. Warmongers who lie and deceive to initiate crises to involve the US in stupid foreign wars must no longer be entitled to impunity because some of them are Jewish and like to smear their critics as Anti-Semites. There’s broad daylight between Anti-Semitisim and Anti-Clean Break, and those who try to cloud the difference should be labeled with a bright M for mendacity. Journalists, academics, Congresspersons and their staffers, elites who cannot see this daylight need to open their eyes.

    Dump Likud-Beiteinu. Save Israel. Save the Middle East. Save America.

    • American on October 12, 2012, 1:57 pm

      Actually we need to dump them from any power in the US….and that means dumping Israel and all Israel supporters in the US.

      • David Doppler on October 12, 2012, 4:34 pm

        I don’t object to Israel or to Americans supporting Israel, I could support them again, myself, if they cleaned up their policies and tactics. I don’t subscribe to the view that every criticism constitutes an existential threat, or that countries that are bad actors today cannot change. Let’s negotiate for changes in specific policies, rather than attacking the supposed “character” of people, which is really just racism.

      • German Lefty on October 12, 2012, 5:05 pm

        @ David Doppler
        Save Israel.
        Please elaborate on that. What kind of state do you want this saved Israel to be? A Jewish state or an Israeli state?

      • David Doppler on October 12, 2012, 8:01 pm

        Whatever kind of democratic state all of the people living there care to create for themselves. Israel is 64 years old, nuclear armed, and thriving economically. It will survive. What I oppose are all the crazy policies that flow from the Clean Break Paper, the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, and the crazed perception that a new Holocaust is right over the horizon, that repeated wars of aggression, and repeated crimes against the Palestinians, are the only alternative to being history’s victims again.

      • Citizen on October 12, 2012, 9:34 pm

        @ German Lefty
        Great incisive question. We will see if David Doppler answers it, and how.

      • American on October 12, 2012, 9:55 pm

        “Let’s negotiate for changes in specific policies, rather than attacking the supposed “character” of people, which is really just racism.”..David D

        Nice sentiment but you just don’t get it or you’re playing….there is no ‘negotiating ‘ with Israel.
        Israel is now a 90%+ or – set in stone racist supremist state.

      • chinese box on October 13, 2012, 11:05 am

        @David Doppler

        I’m not sure where you’re coming from exactly, but I feel you’re still clinging to a lot of illusions vis a vis the supposed Labor/Likud dichotomy. Time to open your eyes.

      • ColinWright on October 14, 2012, 3:30 pm

        David Doppler says: “Whatever kind of democratic state all of the people living there care to create for themselves. “

        Actually put into practice, I’d have no problem with this — since I’m serenely confident it would lead to the end of anything resembling a Zionist state in short order.

        As it should. The difficulty is that I don’t think many who pretend to advocate this are sincere. They will keep discovering ‘no negotiating partner,’ and uncovering ‘security concerns’ and just regrettably not getting around to making it happen.

        So let’s not play. Do you think there should be a Jewish-dominated state in Palestine or do you really think it should be equal rights and let the chips fall where they may? If you had to choose between a state that was Jewish but regrettably not a democracy and a state that was a democracy but regrettably not Jewish, which would you take?

    • piotr on October 12, 2012, 10:45 pm

      It was proven experimentally that for mere 60 million dollars you can become the mayor of New York City. Or a Senator from New Jersey. Israeli media market is cheaper than either New York or New Jersey, so by distributing a free newspaper, contributing to primaries etc. you can have your very own Prime Minister. Congratulation on your beautiful tchotchke, Mr. Adelson!

      But even 100 million are not much in American elections. I must admit that I do not like too much what Obama is doing but upon reading Mr. Adelson I could not resist and I contributed to Obama. Now that Republicans and extreme Zionists (Adelson is not the average or mainstream among them) declare their preferences, I would love them to spend some time in “what went wrong” analyzing.

      Manifestly, it would only minutely dent the sum of Zionist influence in USA, any talk about “dumping Israel” is vastly premature. But at least we can paraphrase the last words of Goethe “mehr licht”. More daylight, please!

      I am on prowl for good “fighting words”. “Israeli firster” is not good, but a but heavy. “Anti-daylight” could be a nice ironic complementary term. “Daylight opponents dream of another great war in the Middle East”. “While abhoring daylight as vehemently as Nosferatu, Adelson …”

    • Mooser on October 14, 2012, 1:35 pm

      “Save Israel.”

      Sorry, bub, not my problem. Especially since as far as I can tell, Israel likes the way things are going. They can save their own goddam selves, those frickin Noble-ringing +15 geniuses. Remind me to tell you someday, how I really feel about it.

    • kalithea on October 14, 2012, 4:44 pm

      Do you reeeeeally believe dumping Likud-Beiteinu will save Israel when Kadima and Labor were almost if not as bad??? The only thing that can save Israel is to dump Israel and close the checkbook.

  7. Dan Crowther on October 12, 2012, 1:29 pm

    It’s over for Obama. And no one is more excited than Phil Weiss, he gets to lay O’s defeat the feet of The Lobby! Bidness at MW is about to pick up!

  8. German Lefty on October 12, 2012, 2:03 pm

    And unbelievably, in his 2009 address to the Muslim world, he implied a moral equivalence between the Holocaust and Palestinian dislocation.

    Really? Does anyone know what part of the address Adelson is referring to?

    • Chu on October 12, 2012, 2:35 pm

      The Cairo Speech.

    • German Lefty on October 12, 2012, 3:17 pm

      From Obama’s speech in Cairo:

      “Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. Six million Jews were killed – more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today. Denying that fact is baseless, ignorant, and hateful. Threatening Israel with destruction – or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews – is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve.

      On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people – Muslims and Christians – have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more than sixty years they have endured the pain of dislocation. Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead. They endure the daily humiliations – large and small – that come with occupation. So let there be no doubt: the situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable. America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.

      For decades, there has been a stalemate: two peoples with legitimate aspirations, each with a painful history that makes compromise elusive. It is easy to point fingers – for Palestinians to point to the displacement brought by Israel’s founding, and for Israelis to point to the constant hostility and attacks throughout its history from within its borders as well as beyond. But if we see this conflict only from one side or the other, then we will be blind to the truth: the only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security.”

      Where’s the moral equivalence? What Obama did was that he equated Israelis not just with Jews but with Holocaust survivors (“evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories”). Also, he seems to believe that the Holocaust entitles any Jews to steal (at least some) Palestinian land.

    • ColinWright on October 12, 2012, 6:45 pm

      German Lefty says: ” “And unbelievably, in his 2009 address to the Muslim world, he implied a moral equivalence between the Holocaust and Palestinian dislocation.”

      Really? Does anyone know what part of the address Adelson is referring to?”

      Since Adelson brings it up…

      There is an equivalence, and while it’s at least hopefully a proposition that will never be tested, I’m confident if Israel weren’t so utterly dependent on American good opinion, that she would have long since made the equivalence more manifest.

      It’s not completely irrelevant that the Nazis only began to actually kill off the Jews in quantity once the war had become general, and international opinion was no longer a concern.

      Through 1939, the Nazis were often constrained by considerations of public opinion — and it’s difficult to point to anything they did up to that point that Israel has not done in practice as well. If the Nazis officially stripped the Jews of civil rights, the Israelis effectively do the same to Palestinians. If the Nazis banned miscegenation, the Israelis have imprisoned Arabs who have had sex with Jews on what amounts to the same grounds. Need we go into wholesale dispossession, expulsion, mob action, terror, the rhetoric, etc? It’s the same thing.

      Israel can’t admit it, but at least when it comes to racial policy, she is Nazi to the core.

      • German Lefty on October 13, 2012, 6:07 am

        @ ColinWright
        Israel can’t admit it, but at least when it comes to racial policy, she is Nazi to the core.
        I totally agree. However, the question was not if there actually is an equivalence but if Obama implied an equivalence in his speech. And I don’t think he did. He merely stated that both Jews and Palestinians experienced suffering. He did NOT say that these crimes were equally terrible (which they weren’t) or that they were caused by the same ethnic-nationalist mindset (which they were).

      • ColinWright on October 14, 2012, 3:39 pm

        German Lefty says: “I totally agree. However, the question was not if there actually is an equivalence but if Obama implied an equivalence in his speech. And I don’t think he did. He merely stated that both Jews and Palestinians experienced suffering. He did NOT say that these crimes were equally terrible (which they weren’t) or that they were caused by the same ethnic-nationalist mindset (which they were).”

        So in other words, Adelson’s objection was to Obama worshipping graven images? Thou shalt have no god before me and all that? Jews, and Jews alone have suffered, and Israel is the only possible atonement for that suffering, and nothing can be allowed to jeopardize that?

  9. Chu on October 12, 2012, 2:30 pm

    Adelson doesn’t need to worry about Obama. His hands are tied – as the lot of the congress sucks up to Israeli leaders’ every whim. VP Biden last night fawns about how he is such a close friend of Bibi. It was sweet a Washington moment. I gushed.
    Israel’s corrupt politics are stuck to the US like barnacles on an old leaking wooden ship. Adelson is one of those seasoned barnacles, while Obama is one of the few who stands up to the corrupt Jewish empire in the Mid East and wears the label of meek for doing so. What a confusing situation. go figure.

    The US has helped the welfare state of Israel for way too long due to Zionist political pressure going back to the founding of Israel. Why doesn’t Paul Ryan see Israel as more of the welfare state that his party is so completely against in principle? Shouldn’t it be about pulling oneself up by your own bootstraps. We’re getting milked as a nation whose unsavory occupation is the massive elephant of American empire.
    But Washington has it own vacuum of power, and it’s bound to come undone in the next century with ‘friends’ like Netanyahu and his pal Adelson, the ADL, the Hophnis of the US, etc.

    • Meyer on October 15, 2012, 12:28 am

      Remember, the GOP only cares about welfare expenditures when it is being used to benefit the poor or indigent. When it comes to corporate welfare they can’t get enough of it. Which is ultimately what the 3b annum military aid to Israel really is at the end of the day. For them it is win-win. They can appease the Zionist lobby, support Israel in a fashion that suits both states, and best of all, ensure a nice fat contract for all of their cronies in the military industrial sector.

  10. robin on October 12, 2012, 2:44 pm

    Of course a lot of these critiques amount to really tiresome nitpicking, even if you accept a pro-Israel reference point. But some of this is pretty smart (I guess I had imagined Adelson as a neanderthal in every way). Pro-Israel types are absolutely right to worry about leaders having personal relationships with Palestinians, because of course it’s harder to support crushing a nation when you know some of its people personally.

    If this is was the only issue you cared about, these would be good reasons to pick Romney. He certainly projects as at least having fewer qualms about backing Israel comprehensively, as well as a more rabidly pro-Israel political base.

    Where I think Adelson misses the mark in a basic way, is that he overestimates the political space that comes along with a second term. The political forces that have forced Obama’s hands on this issue thus far (if you subscribe to that interpretation, and I basically do) should operate pretty much as effectively in a potential second term.

  11. ColinWright on October 12, 2012, 3:08 pm

    ‘Adelson says Obama dislikes Israel and will ‘act on his true feelings’ in a second term’

    One can always hope.

    • Citizen on October 12, 2012, 9:41 pm

      @ ColinWright

      Obama’s counting on your hope, same as his first time campaign. I just don’t see any evidence he will drag his Cairo speech out of the musty closet in a second term. OTOH, there’s no evidence Mittens ever had a Cairo Speech thought of his own in his entire life.

      • ColinWright on October 13, 2012, 1:17 am

        Citizen: “@ ColinWright

        Obama’s counting on your hope, same as his first time campaign. “

        Obama needn’t rely on my hopes for him — which is good, because I think he’s the weakest president we’ve had since at least Herbert Hoover, and I haven’t got much in the way of hopes for him.

        However, he can rely on my vote. That’s because the alternative is Romney.

      • Citizen on October 13, 2012, 6:57 pm

        @ ColinWright
        Well, yes, as I suggested, Obama knows you will vote for him as a vote against Mittens. I am putting my own vote in the mail this weekend, for neither.

      • ColinWright on October 14, 2012, 1:54 pm

        Citizen says: “…I am putting my own vote in the mail this weekend, for neither.”

        And remember folks, a vote for neither is a vote for Romney.

        Not true, of course — but when President Romney is bringing on a new dark age made more revolting by apeshit Islamophobia and Israel-love, you’ll be able to console yourself with the thought that you did absolutely nothing to prevent it.

      • Citizen on October 15, 2012, 7:23 am

        I tried your rain dance first time around re Obama. Fool me once….

      • flyod on October 15, 2012, 9:47 am

        the lesser of 2 evils keeps us evil

      • Woody Tanaka on October 15, 2012, 10:55 am

        “the lesser of 2 evils keeps us evil”

        Yup. That’s why, if you can’t do good, you’ve got to minimize the evil.

      • German Lefty on October 15, 2012, 1:09 pm

        “the lesser of 2 evils keeps us evil”

        Exactly right!

        Obama and the politics of the “lesser evil”
        http://stephenshenfield.net/places/united-states/obama/101-obama-and-the-politics-of-the-lesser-evil

        Expanding the Debate Exclusive: Third-Party Candidates Break the Sound Barrier as Obama-Romney Spar
        http://www.democracynow.org/2012/10/4/expanding_the_debate_exclusive_third_party

        Expanding the VP Debate: Third-Party Candidates Challenge Biden & Ryan on War, Economy, Healthcare
        http://www.democracynow.org/2012/10/12/expanding_the_vp_debate_third_party

  12. shachalnur on October 12, 2012, 6:26 pm

    Obama is a teleprompter-reading nobody, following orders.
    whenever he does anything Israel doesn’t like ,they act like this stooge actually makes decisions himself.
    More interresting is the question why he’s not doing what Israel wants.
    Israel’s,and Adelson’s,issue is not with Obama personally but with his puppetmasters,people who historically supported Israel and are now dropping her like a hot potato.
    Therefore the late and desperate effort to get Romney into power.
    If Romney succeeds ,most Americans will see this as a coupd’etat by Israel,
    and the consequences will be grave for everybody.
    Untill that time ,Obama’s movers might try to push Turkey to attack Syria,
    again a very dangerous situation(mainly for Israel).
    The second option is more likely,because that might swing support back to Obama.
    The war in the middle east will start in the US.

    • Citizen on October 12, 2012, 9:50 pm

      “If Romney succeeds ,most Americans will see this as a coupd’etat by Israel.”

      Israel will not even be given a moment’s thought by 96% of American voters, no matter who wins. But hey, things are looking up–in Chris Matthews show after the VP debate, looking at Beiden’s question to Ryan, “Do you want war?” he told his little panel of experts there was a difference between the candidates re Iran because
      “Romney’s selected foreign policy experts are all neocons.” No mention of Israel or Zionists, just “neocons.” I guess that way Chris gets to keep his career. Most Americans have no clue what a “neocon” is, or who might be one.

  13. DICKERSON3870 on October 12, 2012, 9:32 pm

    RE: “Sheldon Adelson has a piece up at this Jewish news service warning that Obama dislikes Israel and will act on his true feelings in a second term.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: I wonder who actually wrote Adelson’s “piece”. Probably someone affiliated with the Romney/Ryan campaign. Dan Senor?

  14. talknic on October 12, 2012, 10:53 pm

    Obama has chosen his words very carefully. E.g., he uses “’67 lines” not ‘borders’, because that’s exactly what they are Armistice Demarcation Lines.

    Of course he supports Israel, within the law, within it’s American/Internationally recognized borders. All UN Member States are supposed to have respect for “recognized” the sovereign extent of other countries.

    Israel is bitching because he HAS chosen his words carefully. Verbatim, they put Israel in the hot seat, where it deserves to be. They fear losing the veto vote and facing the consequences of the laws Israel obliged itself to uphold.

    Ever ones to deceive themselves in the hope of deceiving everyone else, the Israel first pundits, politicians and their stupid supporters must change Obama’s words to read “67 ‘borders’. As with everything else, they seem to find it impossible to accept fact.

  15. Miss Costello on October 13, 2012, 8:31 am

    “Obama studied under the late Edward W. Said.”

    Aye, right; and Edward Said will be turning in his grave and round again, at the betrayal of this traitorous imposter, whose ‘talents’ to lie and deceive are more suited to Hollywood.

  16. kalithea on October 14, 2012, 5:18 pm

    Oh this is rich! The same tactics of fear and suspicion and guilt by association that Adelson is using against Obama were used on this very site to tear down and discredit RON PAUL. Whereas in Ron Paul’s case it was a no-holes barred smear campaign on many lefty sites, here it was way more “artfully” done.

    Aye…Zionists (which includes the majority of Jews by the way)–they’re sure gifted in generating hysteria by crying WOLF to tear good people down. In Obama’s case he USED to be a good person until Zionists had their way with him. Cause Obama used to sympathize with the plight of the Palestinians. But as with his friends Khalidi and Rev. Wright, he promptly kicked Palestinians to the curb, and it all degenerated to this faux love affair between him and Israel. I agree, there’s no love lost between Obama and Israel, but Obama loves his job more than he hates the suffering of Palestinians and should Romney lose, Adelson and his millions of Zionist comrades can always count on that!

  17. kalithea on October 14, 2012, 5:32 pm

    One more thing: I’m reminded of the Portrait of Dorian Gray. If there were a portrait depicting the ugliness, depravity and corruption that is behind Zionism it just might be the spitting image of Sheldon Adelson because he’s the poster-sugar daddy for Zionist expansion.

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