I’ve been focusing a lot on Shmuley Boteach, the rabbi who is vouching to the Jewish community on behalf of Samantha Power, Obama’s choice to be ambassador to the United Nations. Even the liberal Forward is quoting Boteach saying that Power should get the job because she supports Israel.
Well, according to the Federal Election Commission, when Boteach ran for Congress last year in New Jersey (and lost), Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam gave him $10,000.
As you may remember, Adelson and his wife also spent $30 million in a losing cause on Mitt Romney’s campaign, trying to defeat Barack Obama. All Adelson cares about is Israel, and Romney piped Adelson’s tune on Israel. Adelson said that a Palestinian state “is a stepping stone to the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people,” and Romney trashed the idea of a two-state solution during the campaign. Adelson is a giant supporter of One Jerusalem. Romney said that Jerusalem is forever the capital of Israel.
What do these connections matter? Well, once again, you’d think that the Obama administration would want nothing to do with a rightwing Republican favorite of Sheldon Adelson, who tried to defeat Obama. You’d think that Samantha Power would say No thanks to the support of Boteach, who makes vicious comments about Palestinians and supports Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
But she won’t because in order to get her job, she needs the lobby, and the lobby is a party above partisan politics when it comes to American foreign policy, and Boteach/Adelson represent the lobby. So Power invited Boteach to the White House in 2011. And Obama voted at the U.N. to support settlements, and he was livid when Democrats failed to include Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel in the party platform last year.
Really there isn’t much difference between Adelson and Obama on this issue. And Shmuley Boteach is now working hard for Samantha Power, to make sure of that.