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Beinart slams Stephens, Joel and Boteach for saying nothing when Adelson called for nuking Iran

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I tried to make hay out of this last week and got nowhere. Why did Richard Joel, president of Yeshiva University, Bret Stephens, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist, and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, America’s rabbi and Samantha Power’s too, sit there grinning like fools and say nothing when Sheldon Adelson said that Obama should nuke Iran, not talk to Iran?

I believe it’s because Adelson gives a lot of money to people on the right.

Peter Beinart got a rise out of Shmuley Boteach on this one.

Boteach begs to differ. He received $500,000 from Adelson in 2012, and he’s been full of disinformation since this story broke (and he declined my request for an interview).

I haven’t seen Richard Joel or Bret Stephens explain their silence.

PS. If you look at Open Zion’s front page, they’re making a lot of hay out of Sheldon Adelson’s thuggish comments, without any reference that I can see to the fact that we broke the story.

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If you look at Open Zion’s front page, they’re making a lot of hay out of Sheldon Adelson’s thuggish comments
Well, they are Zionists and upset that a fellow Zionist shows his hatred of Muslims so openly. Zionists are supposed to be more subtle so that people don’t become suspicious.

without any reference that I can see to the fact that we broke the story.
Do you seriously want appreciation from Zionists?

I haven’t yet received a reply from President Joel to my letter, in which I asked him to distance himself from Adelson’s addled statements.

“r u comparing Adelson to Ahmedinajad?…”

Damn sure betcha, and not favorably, to Adelson.

That Adelsohn would make such an insane and dangerously irresponsible comment is not that difficult to grasp: he’s old and, likely, impaired with progressive senile dementia, he’s also projecting what has remained unsaid for a very long time and he’s too far gone to give a damn. However, for the rest of the panel to stay silent is a clear indication of their own lack of worldly sophistication, unconscionable irresponsibility and unfathomable stupidity. Adelsohn’s idiocy… Read more »

It’s not surprising that OZ wouldn’t cite you all for breaking the story, despite its significance and haymaking usefulness. They are dismissive of sources not them, while simultaneously refusing to do the “dirty work” of exposure themselves. A bit of a paradox that, but a huge opportunity, if not portent. MW still has a bad rep inside the Jewish community, but that is a good thing imho. You all are leaders, navigating a very fine… Read more »