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Miriam and Sheldon Adelson are Donald Trump’s largest supporters. Together they gave more than $177 million to Trump’s campaign in 2016 and Republican causes in 2016-2018. Dr. Adelson then was given the presidential medal of freedom last year, in recognition in part of her work on drug addiction.

The 73-year-old spelled out her worldview at the Israeli American Council conference last month, and stated that she and her husband alongside her share those views: Jews are unsafe in the west, Israel makes Jews everywhere safe and proud, so all the criticism of Israel is just masked anti-Semitism. Therefore, protecting Israel is their “mission in life,” Dr. Adelson said; and American Democrats must join them in supporting Israel.

Here are excerpts of Dr. Adelson’s remarks followed by comments from Sheldon Adelson, who made his fortune off casinos.

When I met Sheldon he was telling me about the anti-semitism that he suffered in Boston. I want to tell you that I’ve never in my life suffered one personal case of anti-semitism. I grew up a proud Jew in Israel. Proud Israeli in Israel. And when I went to the States later on in my life, I’ve never been exposed to anti-semitism.

I see all what’s going on here, the anti-Israel, the anti-semitism. They mask like anti-Israel, but it’s anti-semitism. So that made me feel that my mission in life is to protect my family, my people, Jewish people and the state of Israel….

We have to spread [the IAC] across America because this organization is going to strengthen the state of Israel… We are here together. As I said when I presented Vice President Pence. No matter whether we are left or right, we have to be strong together. We are like one hand. But we should work separately. We should [unintelligible] together and be strong to protect our homeland.

Moderator Shawn Evenhaim, an LA real estate mogul, said that the Israeli American Council, IAC, is not a rightwing organization, because “Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi wouldn’t be on the stage if this is a rightwing organization, and Haim Saban [Democratic megadonor] wouldn’t be here if it was a rightwing organization.” (Here they are.) Dr. Adelson echoed him:

From the beginning, Sheldon said, that this organization should not be political. Otherwise we will lose half of the Israelis. And we repeat it and repeat it all the time, Please make it even…. We respect each others’ opinions. So we are not a political organization. We are an organization that is pro-Israel, pro the Jewish world. Yes I said it again and again, whatever you are you are welcome, as long as you support the state of Israel. So here and there people are trying to say, it’s right, or it’s left. Or why this left person came, or why this right person. So I want you to be together, as I said, one hand. And we are all together, whatever we say, whatever we think, we are together to protect the state of Israel. We know how important it is. We see the anti-semitism that is happening. And I talked with some holocaust survivor who said, this period reminds them, before the Holocaust, when nobody fought it. So we have to be strong and united. United is the name of it– united and strong. So please stick do it and don’t think that we are any political organization. No matter whether we are right or left. We should work separately but together. We should work together to protect our homeland.

When she introduced Mike Pence, Dr. Adelson thanked him and the Trump administration for doing what she cared about most: trashing the Iran deal, stopping funding for Palestinians, and moving the embassy to Jerusalem, even as the whole world is “ganging up against Israel.” Again she said that Israel protects all Jews, and criticism of Israel is anti-Semitism.

Israel’s fate is that of the entire Jewish people. An attack on Israel is an attack on all Jews. And anti-semitism anywhere only proves the need for .. Israel Jewish homeland… The IAC stands for the principle that regardless of our political difference, we must almost come out to defend the Jewish people and the Jewish state… And doing so also promotes US interests. Right wing or left wing, conservative or liberal, we are all unified in this most important of causes for Jewish survival, American foreign policy, and western civilization.

For his part, Sheldon Adelson said on the panel below that he had two legacies in life, medical research and strengthening the Jewish people and Israel.

My legacy will have nothing to do with any of my businesses. My legacy will have to do with two things. One medical research and how many findings we achieve… we have fundamentally changed the way medical research is conducted… Equally as important is the Jewish people and the state of Israel.

Adelson went on to suggest that intermarriage and assimilation are sapping the Jewish people, far more than anti-Semitism.

We were ten million people at the time of Christ. Today we’re only 14 million. What happened to all of us in between? Beside the pogroms and the expulsions?

We should have been equal to Catholicism, to Islamists– we should have been a billion and a half people. So it’s only 14 million people if you count it the way the ultra-orthodox count it. If you count them the way the state of Israel counts [Jewish] people for right of return then there’s 23 million people. That’s not a lot. And the 6 million people we have here, 6 million Jews, is almost equal to the same number of Jews that we have in Israel.

This is surely why he supports Birthright, which seeks to create Jewish inmarriages by sending young Jews for free to Israel.

One remarkable thing about the Adelsons is that they escape scrutiny. Their views should be exposed widely so that folks understand why Donald Trump, who voiced detached views of Israel during the campaign, has been such a “perfect little puppet” for Adelson’s agenda, as Trump formerly mocked Marco Rubio’s slavishness to Adelson. To his credit, Timothy Egan of the NYT recently described Adelson as having more power than the Secretary of State, in “controlling” foreign policy in the Middle East. But the press tends to avoid hard coverage of the Adelsons and their agenda.

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  1. amigo
    amigo
    January 25, 2019, 1:01 pm

    “We should have been a Billion and a half “.

    Now we know where the term “greater Israel ” came from .

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      January 25, 2019, 5:26 pm

      ““We should have been a Billion and a half “.”

      Whoopee! A billion and a half, without any extensive out-marriage. It could have been our deliverance!

    • echinococcus
      echinococcus
      January 25, 2019, 6:36 pm

      1.5 billion is peanuts. Who is doing the counting, here? Fail. I already count thirty or thirty-five or somesuch number of billions for only the complainant. We won’t waste time with the small fry, the rest of the many other Zionist billionaires, owners of the “two” American Parties.
      There you have the only billions that count: one dollar one vote is the only vote that works –what are they complaining about?

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      January 26, 2019, 9:36 am

      Adelson: “We were ten million people at the time of Christ.”

      I wonder how he came up with “ten million.” Pure bunk!!

  2. Mooser
    Mooser
    January 25, 2019, 1:38 pm

    ” So it’s only 14 million people if you count it the way the ultra-orthodox count it. If you count them the way the state of Israel counts [Jewish] people for right of return then there’s 23 million people.”

    Gosh, for such a civilized people,most of whom live in developed countries, we have a hard time figuring out how many there are of us. Why is that?

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      January 26, 2019, 1:36 am

      Even with 23 Million, the Sikhs still outnumber you. And they haven’t been around for anywhere near as long. You’ll have to try harder.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        January 27, 2019, 12:56 pm

        “You’ll have to try harder.”

        Yes, true. As they say, Sikh and you shall find.

  3. eljay
    eljay
    January 25, 2019, 3:12 pm

    We were ten million people at the time of Christ. Today we’re only 14 million. …

    Make Jewish the bureaucratic nationality of all people living in or up to n-generations removed from “Jewish State” and watch that number grow!

    But that would result in equality in Israel and, hell, that would take all the fun out of being a Jewish supremacist and having a supremacist state.

    Better just to bitch-and-moan, shoot-and-cry and complain incessantly about how tough aggressor-victimhood is.  :-(

  4. John O
    John O
    January 25, 2019, 5:06 pm

    Those sandals make Crocs look stylish.

    • echinococcus
      echinococcus
      January 25, 2019, 6:47 pm

      Forget the shoes. The husband she’s showing around makes the Evil Witch look like Snow White.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        January 26, 2019, 8:45 am

        @echinococcus

        With all of his $billions, you’d think Sheldon could get a decent dye job.

  5. US Citizen
    US Citizen
    January 25, 2019, 5:22 pm

    Don’t look now Adelsons – your jewish only’ state is dead.
    Demographic trends mean that israel can’t have it all.
    It can’t be a jewish state, a democratic state, and a state in control of its whole mythological land. It can only have two of its objectives at a time :

    israel can be jewish and territorial — but not democratic.
    Or it can be democratic and territorial — but not jewish.
    Or finally, it can be jewish and democratic — but not territorial.

    Until every resident of the land over which israel enforces control has equal rights and protections under the law it’s not a democracy.

    And by the way, videotapes recording illegal jewish settler squats throwing garbage on Hebron Palestinians does more to stereotype israel to the World than the claims of any anti-Semites.

    • mondonut
      mondonut
      January 25, 2019, 7:49 pm

      @US Citizen, Until every resident of the land over which israel enforces control has equal rights and protections under the law it’s not a democracy.

      Another classic. Let’s redefine democracy – but just for the Jews.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        January 25, 2019, 11:14 pm

        How is this a redefinition of “democracy”?

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        January 26, 2019, 3:47 am

        mondonut: “Another classic. Let’s redefine democracy – but just for the Jews.”

        Ok, “Jewish democracy”. Sounds familiar? Definition:
        Voting rights only for those a Jewish state doesn’t keep expelled. And no rights to vote for anything that could lead to a Nonjewish majority.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        January 26, 2019, 10:06 am

        @mondoNUT

        “Another classic. Let’s redefine democracy – but just for the Jews”

        For your edification: “Democracy, which derives from the Greek word ‘demos’ or people, is defined basically, as government in which the supreme power is vested in the people. In some forms, democracy can be exercised directly by the people; in large societies, it is by the people through their elected agents. Or in the memorable phrase of President Abraham Lincoln, democracy is government ‘of the people, by the people, and for the people.'”

        As for the entity known as “Israel,” it is not and has never been a democracy. Indeed, “Israel” has always has been governed under an apartheid system:

        To wit:
        Hendrik Verwoerd, then prime minister of South Africa and the architect of South Africa’s apartheid policies, 1961: “Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid state.” (Rand Daily Mail, November 23, 1961)

        Jacobus Johannes Fouché, South African Minister of Defence during the apartheid era, compared the two states and said that Israel also practiced apartheid. (Gideon Shimoni (1980). Jews and Zionism: The South African Experience 1910-1967. Cape Town: Oxford UP. pp. 310–336. ISBN 0195701798.

        “Former Foreign Ministry director-general invokes South Africa comparisons. ‘Joint Israel-West Bank’ reality is an apartheid state”
        EXCERPT: “Similarities between the ‘original apartheid’ as it was practiced in South Africa and the situation in ISRAEL [my emphasis] and the West Bank today ‘scream to the heavens,’ added [Alon] Liel, who was Israel’s ambassador in Pretoria from 1992 to 1994. There can be little doubt that the suffering of Palestinians is not less intense than that of blacks during apartheid-era South Africa, he asserted.” (Times of Israel, February 21, 2013)

        In its 2015 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, issued in 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor acknowledges the “institutional and societal discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel.” (U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor)

        “Construction, Not Destruction”
        “While Israeli Arabs constitute 20 percent of the population, Arab communities’ jurisdictions occupy just 2.5 percent of the state’s land area, and the process of approving new construction in Arab towns takes decades.” (Haaretz Editorial, April 4, 2017)

        Ilan Pappe, professor of political science at Haifa University: “[Israel’s] political system [is] exclusionary, a pro forma democracy – going through the motions of democratic rule but essentially being akin to apartheid or Herenvolk (‘master race’) democracy.” (“Jerusalem Report,” Feb. 14/2000)

        Ronnie Kasrils, a key player in the struggle against the former South African apartheid regime, minister for intelligence and a devout Jew: “The Palestinian minority in Israel has for decades been denied basic equality in health, education, housing and land possession, solely because it is not Jewish. The fact that this minority is allowed to vote hardly redresses the rampant injustice in all other basic human rights. They are excluded from the very definition of the ‘Jewish state’, and have virtually no influence on the laws, or political, social and economic policies. Hence, their similarity to the black South Africans [under apartheid].” (The Guardian, 25 May 2005)

        The effect of Israel’s blatantly racist “Citizenship Law” and more than fifty other restrictions Arab citizens have to endure is well expressed by writer and Knesset member, Ahmed Tibi, “…dutifully defining the state [of Israel] as ‘Jewish and democratic,’ ignores the fact that in practice ‘democratic’ refers to Jews, and the Arabs are nothing more than citizens without citizenship.” (Ma’ariv, 1.6.2005)

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        January 26, 2019, 12:37 pm

        “How is this a redefinition of “democracy”?”

        Equality under the law is one of the basics of democracy. Haven’t got that, the rest don’t matter much.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        January 26, 2019, 7:13 pm

        @RoHa, How is this a redefinition of “democracy”?

        It presumes to extend it to persons who are neither citizens nor residents of Israel.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        January 26, 2019, 7:16 pm

        @Talkback , Ok, “Jewish democracy”.

        It is not just “Jewish Democracy” that denies absolute voting rights to non-resident, non-citizens. It is every country on the planet.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        January 26, 2019, 10:05 pm

        @Mooser , Equality under the law is one of the basics of democracy. Haven’t got that, the rest don’t matter much.

        Extending rights, in particular voting rights, to non-resident, non-citizens, is not a basic of democracy.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        January 27, 2019, 12:52 pm

        “Extending rights, in particular voting rights, to non-resident, non-citizens, is not a basic of democracy.”

        But Israel gives extra democracy, by making it possible for all Jewish people anywhere to vote in Israeli elections.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        January 27, 2019, 6:20 pm

        Mondonot has not told us his definition of democracy. I would have thought that ithe word is applied by most people to a situation where the franchise is extended to all those normally subject to the sovereign power and its laws without any exceptions intended to define and maintain a dominant and a subordinate group. Thus the once widespread property based franchise is now considered undemocratic and so is the franchise based on race and ancestry in apartheid SA. Simply calling the members of the subordinate group ‘non-citizens’, despite the full exercise of sovereign power over them, would not normally be considered enough to make the system be classified as democratic.
        Of course everyone is entitled to use a personal rather than the common definition of any term. And of course calling something democratic is not the same as justifying it by moral argument.
        But I think that the word in the currently normal sense is being somewhat travestied by the classification (also current, I admit) of Israel as a democracy.
        Just to mention that the UK extends the franchise to many people classified as non-citizens.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        January 27, 2019, 7:32 pm

        @Mooser, by making it possible for all Jewish people anywhere to vote in Israeli elections.

        All the Jewish people in the world can vote in Israeli elections? Well that is a pretty bald faced lie.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        January 27, 2019, 7:38 pm

        @MHughes976, Mondonot has not told us his definition of democracy.

        Correct, nor do I intend to. My comment was limited to that non-citizen, non-residents do not have suffrage in any country in this world – and to demand that of Israel alone is indeed to demand an exception from the norm.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        January 27, 2019, 8:16 pm

        For the past 51 years the Israeli Government has been the effective government of the West Bank. That is 73% of its existence, so we can regard Israeli rule over the West Bank as normal for the Israeli Government. A government which rules over people who cannot vote for that government is not a democracy.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        January 27, 2019, 8:20 pm

        “Just to mention that the UK extends the franchise to many people classified as non-citizens.”

        It used to be the case that Irish citizens could vote in UK elections. In Australia, British citizens who were on the electoral role before 1984 can vote. In NZ they allow all sorts of people to vote. Even Australians.

        https://www.elections.org.nz/voters/enrol-check-or-update-now/who-can-and-cant-enrol

        However, in all these cases, the non-citizen is a resident. Mondonut writes of non-resident non-citizens. Now it is true that the people of the West Bank are not resident in Israel, but they are resident in the territory administered by the Israeli Government.

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer
        January 27, 2019, 9:17 pm

        @NUTCASE
        “– and to demand that of Israel alone is indeed to demand an exception from the norm.”

        Fair enough.

        What other states are in Israels situation that we are not making such demands of.
        What other state claim land but deny the people who have lived upon said land for centuries a right to vote and participate.
        What other countries get away with claiming equal rights for all while it limits jobs by religion due to security considerations.
        What other state denies the existance of the people they subjegate?

        I could go on. And I might.

        But there is no higher standard set for Israel. The bar is set extremely lower. And anyone who points out that even the lower bar is not met will be met with the best fury money can buy

        I don’t want Israel held to a higher standard. The bare minimum would do. For a half century of my life they have failed to meet the bare minimum.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        January 27, 2019, 9:31 pm

        “to demand that of Israel alone is indeed to demand an exception from the norm.”

        But Israel frequently claims to be an exception from the norm.

        (I note you say ” Let’s redefine democracy – but just for the Jews”, and not “but just for the Israelis”. Do you think “Jew = Israeli”, or is there some other thought process at work here?)

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        January 28, 2019, 6:04 am

        There is surely no question but that many Palestinians are resident, without being citizens of Israel, in the area where Israel exercises sovereign power.

  6. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    January 25, 2019, 6:37 pm

    ““We should have been a Billion and a half “.”

    Common Sheldon old fruit. You are a gambling man you must know the odds against that. Although with your nutjob POTUS bought and bent much much better odds of your dream US nuking of Iran – just the intial Zio type knock on the roof in the middle of the “uninhabited” Iranian desert followed by the big whammy on Teheran itself.

    Speaking of Trump. Should he be advising Sheldon on his “hair” strategy or should Sheldon be advising Trump on his ? Either way it would be a hair raising spectacle to witness.

  7. JWalters
    JWalters
    January 25, 2019, 7:24 pm

    Miriam Adelson is living in the same fantasy world, as detached from reality, as Bari Weiss. Best guess, she probably had the same fears drummed into her central nervous system as a child.

    Miriam has the same obligatory Zionist TOTAL OMISSION of the vast mountain of facts regarding Israel’s TERRORIST CRIMES against the indigenous people of Palestine. And even though she has never experienced anti-Semitism herself (!) she insists all critics of Israel are anti-Semites, justified, as per Zionist strategy revealed in The Lobby, by no facts or logic whatsoever. In other words, character assassination.

    Among her foundation falsehoods and delusions:
    “Israel’s fate is that of the entire Jewish people.”
    “An attack on Israel is an attack on all Jews.”

    Like Barie, Miriam sees anti-Semites everywhere, plotting the imminent attack on Jews everywhere. Like Paul Revere, she is ready ride and spread the alarm. She, Sheldon, and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz could suddenly need to flee to Israel at any moment.

    Miriam: “Debbie, it’s happening! The Nazis are attacking! Sheldon and I are flying to Israel tonight, and we’ll pick you up on the way!”

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer
      January 27, 2019, 9:25 pm

      @JWalters

      Yeah this line of thinking adds righteousness to the thought even though the basic premise is false.

      It’s like the other day (@wdr??) positing that if Israel had existed more lives would have been saved.

      How do you converse people whose reality has been based on a ficitonal base. They aren’t crazy. They aren’t stupid. They may have a grip on reality to some extent. They are blind deaf and dumb when it comes to the topic under discussion.

      It’s

  8. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    Maximus Decimus Meridius
    January 26, 2019, 5:14 am

    “When I met Sheldon he was telling me about the anti-semitism that he suffered in Boston. I want to tell you that I’ve never in my life suffered one personal case of anti-semitism. I grew up a proud Jew in Israel. Proud Israeli in Israel. And when I went to the States later on in my life, I’ve never been exposed to anti-semitism.”

    And yet…… despite all the supposed antisemitism in the USA, this ‘proud Israeli’ chose to move there. Surely if Israel was such a wonderful place for Jews, it should be the other way round? Why didn’t Sheldon move to Israel to escape all this antisemitism?

    “We were ten million people at the time of Christ”

    OK….. let’s imagine for a moment that this figure is accurate and not something Ms. Adelson just.. invented. Where does she think all of those “10 million” Jews came from? Populations in those days were tiny compared to today. Even at the height of empire, Rome, the biggest city on earth, had a population of about 1 million, the same as any number of cities today. 10 million was a lot of people back then. Is Ms Adelson saying that all of them came from a small patch of land on the East Med? All of them?

  9. Misterioso
    Misterioso
    January 26, 2019, 10:26 am

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

    “The Godfather” – Canada’s CBC exposé on Sheldon Adelson’s influence on Trump, Harper, & Mideast policies” Provided by If Americans Knew

    “Prominent Canadian news broadcaster Wendy Mesley exposes the role of billionaire campaign donor Sheldon Adelson in getting the U.S. embassy moved to Jerusalem, Trump’s abandonment of the Iran nuclear deal, and both U.S. and Canadian politics in general.

    “Adelson, the tenth richest man in the world and the GOP’s largest donor, is known to use his money to influence policies on behalf of Israel.

    “After trump tore up the Iran agreement, Adelson donated an additional $30 million to the Republican party, possibly the single largest single donation in U.S. history.

    “Adelson also influenced former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who endorsed Trump’s embassy action and anti-Iran move.

    “Mesley interviews New York Times reporter Ken Vogel, who says that Adelson has private meetings at the White House with Trump, Vice President Pence, John Bolton, and others. Israel is at the heart of Adelson’s donations, who has been influenced by his Israeli wife. Vogel explains that Adelson is ‘the enforcer’ for Jewish American donors who give a lot of money to Republican politicians. People are afraid to cross him.

    “The report was broadcast on CBC’s news program “The Weekly with Wendy Mesley” on May 20, 2018.

    See a related video about Adelson: “Sheldon Adelson regrets having worn an American uniform rather than an Israeli one”

    Also:

    Short video, Oct. 25, 2013, discussion between rabid Zionists, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Sheldon Adelson.
    Adelson – “Attack Iran with an atomic bomb”

  10. Elizabeth Block
    Elizabeth Block
    January 26, 2019, 8:47 pm

    ” So we are not a political organization. We are an organization that is pro-Israel.”

    Very revealing. Being pro-Israel isn’t political. Being anti-Zionist is, of course. (Ditto for any kind of support for the status quo.)

    There’s an annual Walk With Israel in Toronto, and a group of us have had a presence along the line of the walk for years. We get a lot of hostile comments, but my favourite by far was a woman who said, “This is just a march. Why are you bringing politics into it?”

  11. James Canning
    James Canning
    January 27, 2019, 12:38 pm

    Sheldon Adelson et ux clearly are unable to comprehend that Israel can benefit from sharp criticism, and be damaged by the lack of it. And what utter nonsense, that Jews marrying non-Jews is a bad thing for Israel.

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