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Three years ago, it looked like Sheldon Adelson was going to support Senator Marco Rubio for president, and Donald Trump tweeted a lethal assessment:

Sheldon Adelson is looking to give big dollars to Rubio because he feels he can mold him into his perfect little puppet. I agree!

After that, of course, Trump blew Rubio away, and it was Trump who got $35 million from Adelson in the presidential race. The relationship hums along. Lately Adelson and his wife Miriam gave $55 million to Trump’s firewall against impeachment, Republican congressional campaigns.

And Trump’s shrewd assessment could not be more accurate. He is Adelson’s perfect little puppet.

All Trump’s major moves in the Middle East, from tearing up the Iran deal to moving the embassy to Jerusalem, to making the Foundation for Defense of Democracies his braintrust, to elevating John Bolton to national security adviser and throwing out realist Rex Tillerson at State, are moves that make Adelson happy. We can just be thankful that Trump has not checked off every box on Adelson’s wishlist, and nuked Iran.

Trump’s latest move, to defund UNRWA, the UN aid organization for Palestinian refugees, is completely in line with Adelson’s agenda. The 85-year-old casino mogul has long maintained there is no such thing as a Palestinian.

There’s no such thing as a Palestinian. Do you know what they are? The Palestinians call themselves southern Syrians. They were the Syrians who were left over from the district of Syria that was so named in the Ottoman Empire… There’s no such thing as a Palestinian people. They have fooled the world very successfully.

By Ottoman Syria, Adelson means Jordan– where Trump wants the Palestinians to move as he redraws the map of the Middle East.

Trump is determined to take “off the table” the biggest issues of the so-called peace process, refugees and Jerusalem and borders. All in Israel’s favor.

His moves destroy any idea of an autonomous Palestinian state, and are completely consistent with Adelson’s other buddy Netanyahu’s promise in 2015 that he would never allow a Palestinian state on his watch.

Sheldon Adelson is very clear about that goal. He says allowing a Palestinian state is equivalent to giving Muslims a license to kill half the Jews:

I can imagine a meeting between an Israeli Jew and the Muslims. ‘Muslims, you want to kill 100 percent of the Jews. We don’t want you to kill anybody. So let’s compromise. We’ll surrender half the Jews so you can kill them. And the other half of the Jews will stay alive. So both of us get a compromise. You can’t get everything you want! But we get some of what we want!’ It’s ridiculous. These people espouse the destruction of the Jewish people worldwide and the state of Israel. When they talk about the little Satan and the big Satan, this is not conjecture… they really mean it.

The scary/remarkable thing about Adelson’s influence is that such a lunatic view of the world gets so little scrutiny in the mainstream media.

But Adelson has been influencing policy on these issues for 18 years without much attention. The last time a Republican was in the White House, Adelson gave tons of money and made sure that the Bush Administration was stocked with his friends. Adelson was alarmed that the Camp David discussions of 2000 led by Clinton had included the division of Jerusalem and he was determined to prevent that from happening. Doug Feith had helped start a Zionist group called One Jerusalem, and Adelson had funded it. Now Feith “the fucking stupidest guy on the face of the earth” was installed at the Pentagon as an under secretary, and Elliott Abrams was in the White House, and the settlements on the West Bank and East Jerusalem grew without any opposition from the United States. When Condoleezza Rice tried at a late date to restart the peace process at Annapolis, Adelson protested in a meeting with the president, and Bush all but called Adelson an Israel-firster. “Bush put one arm around his [Adelson’s] shoulder and another around that of his wife, Miriam, who was born in Israel, and said to her, ‘You tell your Prime Minister that I need to know what’s right for your people—because at the end of the day it’s going to be my policy, not Condi’s. But I can’t be more Catholic than the Pope.’” (As Connie Bruck reported in the New Yorker.)

(Words Barack Obama would echo a decade later when he said it would be an “abrogation of my constitutional duty” to do what Netanyahu wanted him to do….)

The settlers’ expansion in the early 2000’s killed the possibility of a viable Palestinian state. There are now more than 600,000 settlers in the West Bank, most of them on strategic hilltops surrounding Palestinian population centers, creating islands of Palestinian life. This is the binational reality: there is really only one state between the river and the sea, and one state exercises sovereignty over those lands.

That was Sheldon Adelson’s agenda, and he has gotten his way. The move of the embassy to Jerusalem solidifies this reality. As does the effort to put pressure on Palestinian refugees to get out of the way.

George Bush’s suggestion that Netanyahu is Sheldon Adelson’s prime minister has been echoed by Adelson himself when he says he wished he’d served in the Israeli army, not the American one, and tells young American Jews whom he’s sent on a vacation to Israel that they have to be ambassadors for Israel because “We’re the only democracy  in this entire section of the world.”

The idea that Sheldon Adelson cares more about Israel than the U.S. was bolstered by the suppressed/leaked Al Jazeera documentary which reported that the Israeli government regards the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies as an arm of its own diplomacy.

Not that anyone in the mainstream picks that up. The only reason this is not a scandal in the press is that the press is so pro-Israel that it doesn’t really see a problem here.

Jewish Insider just reported on a dinner in New York at which Trump officials unveiled their peace proposals to “influential leaders across the political spectrum.” And who was at that dinner? Paul Singer the neoconservative Republican donor, and Haim Saban the Democratic one. Along with a bunch of hard-core Israel supporters, from neocons like Elliott Abrams to Clintonites Mark Indyk and Gary Ginsberg (who wrote speeches for Netanyahu even as a media exec).

Attendees at Saban and Singer’s dinner included foreign policy experts Elliott Abrams and Martin Indyk, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, former Time Warner executive Gary Ginsberg, Start-Up Nation author Dan Senor, Israel Policy Forum leaders Charles Bronfman and Susie Gelman, Tikvah’s Roger Hertog, former New York Observer editor Ken Kurson, Guess Jeans’ Maurice Marciano, Ira Rennert, Bob Book, and former Conference of Presidents’ Chair Jim Tisch.

Nikki Haley was there, too. The UN ambassador with one agenda overall, defending Israel, is a hero of liberal Zionists and neoconservatives alike.

Haley is said to have presidential ambitions. No wonder she just did a star turn at the Adelson-funded shop Foundation for Defense of Democracies. One day she too wants to be Sheldon Adelson’s perfect little puppet.

Philip Weiss

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  1. guyn on September 5, 2018, 5:05 pm

    Good article, Phil.

    It bolstered my admiration for the Palestinians who are against a very powerful ennemy.

  2. Stephen Shenfield on September 5, 2018, 5:42 pm

    Actually, when he talks about southern Syria he means southern Syria. Syria was a major subdivision of the Ottoman Empire; Jordan was not. Palestine constituted the southern part of this subdivision — thus “southern Syria.” This does not of course prove that Palestine does not exist. Why should contemporary policy take account of the internal structure of the Ottoman Empire?

    • Misterioso on September 6, 2018, 11:02 am

      For the record:

      Contrary to what Zionists would have us believe, today’s Jordan (referred to as Transjordan by the Allies after WWI) was not part of Palestine. As Ottoman maps attest, it was administered separately, the dividing line being the Jordan River. Known to locals as Al Baqa, the area east of the Jordan River, which became the Emirate of Transjordan in 1923 (as partial fulfillment of Britain’s pledge in the July 1915 to March 1916 Hussein/McMahon correspondence to grant the Arabs independence – including Palestine – in exchange for what proved to be their invaluable assistance in defeating the Turks during WWI) was part of the Turkish vilayet (province) of Syria. The area west of the river was governed by the Ottomans as three sanjaks (sub provinces), two of which (Acre and Nablus) formed part of the vilayet of Beirut, while the third was the independent sanjak of Jerusalem. (BTW, it was reliably estimated at the time that the total number of Jews living permanently in the Ottoman province that became know as Transjordan was three at most.)

      Apart from the fact that what became known as Transjordan was not part of historical Palestine, the League of Nations and Britain never considered including it permanently as part of the Palestine Mandate given the fact that its population was very much ethnically different from that of Palestine. Palestinians were primarily a settled people (800 villages and 24 towns) dependent on an agricultural economy. The inhabitants of what became known as Transjordan (largely desert and steppe with a narrow strip of cultivable land and little urban development) were descended from the Arab tribes of the northwestern part of the Arabian Peninsula and were largely nomadic.

      In 1921, i.e., before the League of Nations British Class A Palestine Mandate was instituted, Britain agreed to recognize Abdullah ibn Hussein al Hashem as the ruler of Transjordan. As I noted above, Transjordan became an autonomous emirate under Abdullah in 1923.

      • DaBakr on September 8, 2018, 1:43 am

        @ MST

        So you truly believe the little hashemite king had a royal right to southern Syria soon to become part of the Palestinian mandate and then, after after protest named the 70% of palestine trans Jordan as in east of the Jordan. You don’t think Jordan was a booby prize for the whining hashemites losing to the Saud family? Funny. ask the majority palestinian Arabs in Jordan how they feel about their little play station playing king and gucci queen rainia. Abbas is on record, mostly in Arabic which I doubt you read as stating the moment the arabs regain Jerusalem, Jafar and the territory between sea and river they will immediately confederate with “our Jordanian brethren”. Look it up if you doubt.

  3. JWalters on September 5, 2018, 6:37 pm

    “The scary/remarkable thing about Adelson’s influence is that such a lunatic view of the world gets so little scrutiny in the mainstream media.”

    This is truly remarkable and scary. It seems to me this is such a remarkable and scary phenomenon that it deserves serious, deep scrutiny. How could this be happening in a country with a guarantee of freedom for the press?

    One of our most courageous and important members of the press has been completely, shamefully abandoned by this same silent mainstream press.
    “Ellsberg Says Assange, as a Journalist, Can’t Be Tried Under Espionage Act”

    • Misterioso on September 6, 2018, 11:50 am

      The good news is that Trump, who has served as Adelson and Netanyahu’s “bought and paid for” puppet, is on an accelerating downward slide. The bad news is that if he is removed from office we will have President Pence (shudder.) Needless to say, the upcoming mid-term elections are vitally important.

      We can be certain that Adelson, Netanyahu and their fellow Zionists are most concerned with the possibility that they will inevitably lose their bought and paid for man in the White House, which may well and definitely should lead to a significant shift in US Middle East policy based on reality, i.e., “Israel” is undeniably a major US liability, an increasingly heavy geopolitical millstone around its neck.

      In any event, here’s more scuttlebutt about Sheldon:

      Jerusalem Post, April 24/18


      “I think it is the right from birth of all Jews to go to Israel”

      “Sheldon Adelson has made the biggest donation to Birthright in its history and given the organization $70 million on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.

      “Adelson and his wife Dr. Miriam Adelson have provided massive financial support to the Birthright program, which brings young Jewish adults from the Jewish world to Israel on free educational trips, and now amounts to $410m.”

      “’Before the founding of the State of Israel, my father told me that he always dreamed about a state for Jews and wanted to go to the Land of Israel, but when the time came and I could help him get there he said he was too old and too ill,’ Adelson said during his speech at the event.

      “’I think it is the right from birth of all Jews to go to Israel and I don’t want any young Jewish person in the world say that he is too old or sick to visit Israel.’

      “At the end of the event, Birthright founders Charles Bronfman and Michael Steinhardt presented the Adelsons with Birthright’s ‘Guardians of the Jewish Future’ award for their generosity to the project.”


      Canada’s CBC Television’s Wendy Mesley interviews NYT reporter Ken Vogel regarding Sheldon Adelson and Canada’s former PM, Stephen Harper, et al, and their support for Israel.


      Short video, Oct. 25, 2013, discussion between rabid Zionists, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Sheldon Adelson.

  4. Brewer on September 5, 2018, 9:08 pm

    Gargoyles rule!

  5. mondonut on September 5, 2018, 10:54 pm

    Regardless of anyone’s opinion of the 2SS, nothing Trump has done has damaged it in the least. The UNRWA is not needed for a 2SS, a Right of Return is not needed for a 2SS, a Palestinian Jerusalem is not needed for a 2SS and the location of the US Embassy matters not at all.

    • RoHa on September 6, 2018, 12:07 am

      Part of the standard version of the 2SS is that the Palestinian capital shall be in East Jerusalem, not in some small town sort of nearish Jerusalem.

      Another part is that the Right of Return shall be acknowledged in at least a token number of refugees being allowed to return to the territory that is now Israel, and in compensation for the rest.

      • mondonut on September 6, 2018, 9:49 am

        @RoHa, Part of the standard version of the 2SS…

        A Palestinian capital in Jerusalem is a standard Palestinian demand, it is not however required. The same goes for the RoR, demanded but not required.

      • RoHa on September 6, 2018, 8:57 pm

        A Jewish state in Palestine is a standard Zionist demand, but it is not required. It could just as well be in Utah or New Jersey.

        If we are to discount Palestinian demands, why not also discount Zionist demands?

        Not really important, though, since there isn’t going to be a 2SS.

      • mondonut on September 6, 2018, 10:08 pm

        @RoHa A Jewish state in Palestine is a standard Zionist demand

        A Jewish state is not a demand, it is a reality. As in it already exists.

      • RoHa on September 6, 2018, 10:36 pm

        So the demand was met. Why, then, should not the Palestinian demands also be met?

      • Talkback on September 7, 2018, 2:53 am

        mondonut: “A Palestinian capital in Jerusalem is a standard Palestinian demand, it is not however required. The same goes for the RoR, demanded but not required.”

        Not even the two state solution is “required”. Let’s see who needs it more.

    • johneill on September 6, 2018, 5:02 am

      first thing’s first: israel must recognize palestine’s right to exist.

      • mondonut on September 6, 2018, 9:54 am

        @johneill first thing’s first: israel must recognize palestine’s right to exist.

        That’s not the first thing, it is not even in the top 10. And if you had been paying attention to your fellow Israel haters on this site, no state has the “right” to exist.

      • johneill on September 7, 2018, 9:51 am

        so given how few things you say matter, is the 2ss important itself? i have the feeling you’re fine with the localized apartheid as israel continues to ask nothing of the palestinians, except that they disappear.

    • eljay on September 6, 2018, 7:42 am

      || mon donut: Regardless of anyone’s opinion of the 2SS, nothing Trump has done has damaged it in the least. … ||

      You’re right – Trump shouldn’t be held responsible for the fact that Israel:
      – is a deliberately and unapologetically oppressive, colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist state;
      – continues with impunity to militarily occupy and colonize territory outside of its / Partition borders; and
      – refuses to honour its obligations under international law (incl. RoR).

      The blame for all that falls squarely on Zionists.

      • mondonut on September 6, 2018, 9:53 am

        @eljay You’re right…

        Yes, I am.

      • eljay on September 6, 2018, 10:13 am

        || mon donut: @eljay You’re right…

        Yes, I am. ||

        Of course you are. There’s no reason Trump should get any credit for the evil you Zionists and your “Jewish State” construct have done and continue to do.

    • Talkback on September 6, 2018, 7:56 am

      Again, an absolutely brilliant comment, Mondonut. Let’s expand your thoughts:

      – 75% of Jews are not needed for a 2SS
      – A state of Israel bigger than Gaza plus Area A and B in the Westbank is not needed for a 2SS.
      – An Israeli Jerusalem is not needed for a 2SS
      – the location of the US Embassy within this state of Israel matters not at all.

      • mondonut on September 6, 2018, 9:52 am

        @Talkback Again, an absolutely brilliant comment…

        All of which you state is also correct.

      • Talkback on September 6, 2018, 1:24 pm

        It’s like they say. Zionist don’t do irony. LOL.

  6. Kay24 on September 6, 2018, 5:55 am

    It looks like Kushner’s pathetic efforts to be peace maker is fizzling out.
    What does he expect after handing over the trophy (Jerusalem) to those who already stole too much?

    Jordan rejects Kushner’s “Confederation,” Abbas slams “Liquidation” of Palestinian Cause

  7. Maghlawatan on September 6, 2018, 1:45 pm

    2SS dead but Jews are a minority in Greater Israel. So apartheid
    And the number of Jews in the US is falling.

    And the 2 are related.
    General Petraeus used to ask “tell me how this ends”.

  8. bcg on September 6, 2018, 2:06 pm

    A bit of recent news relevant to the discussion:

    The Israeli Minister of Science Ofir Akunis said the two-state solution which provides for the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel has died…“The two-state solution is dead,” he said in an interview with the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation Kan yesterday.

    “There will never be a Palestinian terror state in Judea and Samaria,” he said, referring to the occupied West Bank. “The two alternatives are either self-rule or a confederation with Jordan, but the likelihood of achieving the latter alternative is slim,” he added.

  9. James Canning on September 6, 2018, 7:07 pm

    Trump seems an eager stooge of Sheldon Adelson. And more than keen to f*ck the Palestinians as hard as possible.

  10. Jasonius Maximus on September 7, 2018, 12:47 am

    The truly terrifying thing is that Adelson, single-handedly, has the financial resources to protect Trump from the ENTIRE Republican Senate and ANY attempt to impeach him. A million dollars to each Senator’s campaign and they’ll back him until they’re out of office. It’s a brilliant play by Trump. It cost him absolutely nothing politically to proceed with Adelson’s disgusting vision for the Middle East and he basically guarantee’s his own political survival.

  11. Maghlawatan on September 7, 2018, 5:43 am

    If a Palestinian state is never gonna happen , Gaza is always gonna be occupied.
    This means the population of Gaza must be

    “And “included in Greater Israel. This means Jews are a minority.
    I don’t think anyone in power in Tel Aviv has any clue about what they are doing. Israel bit off more than it could chew in 1967. Israel is too needy and too dependent on others to make a success of apartheid.


    • Boomer on September 7, 2018, 6:42 pm

      From comments I’ve read here from Zionists, I infer that the plan is to just keep mowing the grass until Egypt takes Gaza off their hands. I don’t know how well that will work out, but probably worse for the residents of Gaza than those of Israel, is my guess.

  12. Boomer on September 7, 2018, 2:40 pm

    re: “This is the binational reality: there is really only one state between the river and the sea, and one state exercises sovereignty over those lands.

    That has been the consistent message here for as long as I’ve been visiting this site. So this development doesn’t seem particularly new. I’ve never doubted that Mr. Weiss knows more about the situation than I do.

    Still, I wanted to think that there was some way for there to be a decent outcome for the Palestinians, and for the United States too, with regard to our complicity. But it hasn’t been clear to me what that might be. It still isn’t.

    Is there anything more to talk about, hope for, work toward? Mr. Weiss’s position, as I have understood it, is that Jews and non-Jews in Israel should have equal rights within one state. I don’t think there is anything I can do about that. Perhaps, in some other universe, the U.S. could persuade Israel to do that. Perhaps, in some other universe, Americans could at least persuade their leaders to take actions toward that goal, actions such as making U.S. support contingent on that. But I certainly won’t live to see that happen.

    Perhaps, I’ve imagined, the U.S. might, failing other options, at least offer a home here to Palestinian refugees who wish to come. But I can’t imagine the Trump administration doing that. So, from my perspective, there isn’t much to hope for, or talk about. The Zionists were victorious long ago. They hold the cards. The Palestinians have to stick around. The rest of us might as well move on. If that’s not so, I’d be happy for someone to explain the reasons for hope.

  13. inbound39 on September 7, 2018, 5:27 pm

    The more Adelson et al infiltrate the American Government with their Pro Israel candidates the more America’s credibility drops globally. And the more those supporting Adelson and the Pro Israel lobby attempt to silence the voices outing them the lower America drops and the crazier the candidates for POTUS become. Trump is an example of how ineffective and damaging a Pro Israel candidate can be.

  14. DaBakr on September 8, 2018, 1:47 am

    When Phil isn’t fretting about aipac and vast Jewish power he tends to obsess over adelson even though he is now only one of a few wealthy doners concerned with Israel policy. In fact he isn’t even at the top of the heap. Pw needs a script for alprazolam formulated specifically by Israeli generic pharma for keyed up jews.

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