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Haim Saban loves every Democratic candidate . . . except Bernie Sanders, who he thinks is turning Dems against AIPAC

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In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Israeli-American media producer and Democratic mega-donor Haim Saban declares that he loves every Trump challenger besides Bernie Sanders and blames the Vermont Senator for stoking anti-Israel sentiment within the Democratic Party.

Saban, who is worth an estimated $3.2 billion, has donated millions of dollars to Democrats and pro-Israel efforts throughout the years alongside his wife Cheryl, president of their Saban Family Foundation. “The basic strategy is 50-50. Meaning for every dollar we give in America, we give a dollar in Israel,” he says in the interview.

Although the couple says they have not picked a Democratic presidential candidate yet, they reserve a particular amount of scorn for Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Saban tells the magazine:

“We love all 23 candidates. No, minus one. I profoundly dislike Bernie Sanders, and you can write it. I don’t give a hoot. He’s a communist under the cover of being a socialist. He thinks that every billionaire is a crook. He calls us ‘the billionaire class.’ And he attacks us indiscriminately. ‘It’s the billionaire class, the bad guys.’ This is how communists think. So, 22 are great. One is a disaster zone.”

When asked about Democrats skipping the recent American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Summit, Saban blames the move on Sanders himself:

“I can’t deny the impact that Bernie has had on the Democratic Party. I love it when Bernie says, ‘I recognize Israel’s right to exist.’ That’s how he expresses his support of Israel. Well, thank you so very much. Are you out of your freaking mind? Oh, I’m allowed to live. Hallelujah, praise the lord.”

This isn’t the first time that Saban has accused Sanders of anti-Israel bias. During the 2016 Democratic primary, Saban claimed that Sanders had been an “anti-Israel person” for 25 years. Between June 2015 and June 2016, Saban and his wife donated $7 million to Priorities USA, the primary super PAC that supported Hillary Clinton.

In the interview, Saban also criticizes New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a May 2018 where she referenced the “massacre” in Gaza:

“AOC made a statement: ‘There’s a massacre in Gaza,’ ” he says. “She was asked a question related to what’s going on between Israel and the Palestinians, and she said, ‘Well, I’m going to have to study this.’ So, here she made a statement that is pretty scary and pretty compelling but misinformed. Why don’t you go study and then make a statement?”

The entire interview can be read at Hollywood Reporter‘s website.

Michael Arria

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  1. Keith on July 10, 2019, 7:04 pm

    HAIM SABAN- “He’s a communist under the cover of being a socialist.”

    No, he is a Democrat sheep dog pretending to be a man of the people.

    HAIM SABAN- “He thinks that every billionaire is a crook.”

    He only pretends to. Any system which tolerates billionaires is inherently unjust and economically dysfunctional. Billionaires and mega-corporations are unaccountable concentrations of private power locked in to internal power struggles injurious to the commonweal. Fat-cats hold the citizenry in utter contempt.

    • LiberatePalestine on July 10, 2019, 9:46 pm

      Sanders a communist? Jesus H, what will the Zionists allege next?

      Isn’t every billionaire a crook, at the end of the day? Noöne accumulates billions by the sweat of her own brow.

      • Tuyzentfloot on July 11, 2019, 6:10 am

        At least the crooks have done more for their billions than those born with them!

    • Misterioso on July 11, 2019, 10:51 am

      @Keith, et al

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvi3O9NkhQI

      Video: 2018 IAC Conference: Zionists, Chuck Schumer, Haim Saban and Nancy Polosi prostrate themselves before “Israel.”

      Lest we forget:
      In his Farewell Address, George Washington admonished his fellow citizens to steer clear of a “passionate attachment” to another nation, as it could create “the illusion of a common interest… where no common interest exists.”

      Zionism’s worldwide image, including the U.S., is in accelerating free fall. No surprise:

      Henry Morgenthau Sr., former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, 1919: “Zionism is the most stupendous fallacy in Jewish history…. The very fervour of my feeling for the oppressed of every race and every land, especially for the Jews, those of my own blood and faith, to whom I am bound by every tender tie, impels me to fight with all the greater force against this scheme, which my intelligence tells me can only lead them deeper into the mire of the past, while it professes to be leading them to the heights. Zionism is… a retrogression into the blackest error, and not progress toward the light.” (Quoted by Frank Epp, Whose Land is Palestine? p. 261)

  2. annie on July 10, 2019, 7:44 pm

    if sanders was an ardent hard core zionist who took millions from aipac saban wouldn’t give a hoot if sanders thought billionaires were crooks.

    • echinococcus on July 11, 2019, 9:59 am

      “an ardent hard core zionist” is not the necessary requirement to promote Zionist invasion, occupation and theft of Palestine and perpetual Middle Eastern war.

      “Zionist”, period, is a sufficient job description.

      And lifelong colonialist warmongering mountebank Sanders is a card-carrying Zionist.

    • genesto on July 11, 2019, 12:12 pm

      Exactly. Reminds me of one of Trump’s favorite rabbis, Shmuley Boteach, as staunch a supporter of the Israeli government and Donald Trump as you’ll find. When asked why he supported an avowed white nationalist (and, by association, anti-Semite) like Trump, he said that he could overlook all of that because of Trump’s being such a ‘friend’ of Israel (read: gives Bibi free reign to do whatever the hell he wants, as long as Sheldon Adelson keeps filling his, and the GOP’s, coffers).

  3. ahadhaadam on July 10, 2019, 10:51 pm

    Yes, there certainly is a billionaire class, and the worse among them are those who use their money to buy politicians, like Saban. The fact that he is interviewed already demonstrates that there is a problem: what makes him qualified to determine US foreign policy? Why does he think that he should have more say in politics than any other American? What makes this vile person more special other than having more money? These handful of crooks who pull the strings of American politics should be exposed and their motivation questioned. These Zionist billionaires should be subsidizing Israel from their own money instead of lobbying the government take money from Americans who don’t even have health insurance and give it to their ethno state.

    • LiberatePalestine on July 12, 2019, 12:55 am

      → What makes this vile person more special other than having more money?

      The US Supreme Court has held that the use of money to buy influence is a constitutionally protected exercise of free speech. You don’t have the money of a robber baron like Saban or a giant corporation? Well, so much for your «freedom of speech».

  4. Kay24 on July 11, 2019, 6:48 am

    Jared Kushner was instrumental in handing over Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights, to the zionists. Yet, he begged the Arabs for those millions of dollars to bail him out of his endless financial problems, and not these filthy rich billionaires, like Adelson, and Saban, who works hard for the zionists, and always puts Israel first over their own nation. You have got to wonder why.
    It is cringeworthy to see politicians kiss up to these zionist money bags, and make asses of themselves, and it is hard to find any who has the integrity and self respect, not to do so.
    It is selling your soul to the devils.

    • Bumblebye on July 11, 2019, 6:41 pm

      Kushner didn’t hand over either Jerusalem or the Golan – he *endorsed* israel’s theft of them by recognising israeli sovereignty on behalf of the US government. Not a word on all the international treaties *both* countries are signatory to which deny the right to acquire territory thru aggression, or to colonise stolen territory, and nothing about all the other countries of the world which don’t recognise their evil deeds.

  5. wondering jew on July 11, 2019, 8:17 am

    I am not convinced that the full court press of Netanyahu and Saban is Israel’s best tactic or strategy. It is the lack of a strategy that might be the source of my doubts. Regarding Iran, Trump seems to lack a strategy. Regarding the West Bank Israel definitely lacks a (long term) strategy. Saban de facto supports Israel’s status quo that feels it necessary or advantageous to keep the status quo regarding the West Bank.

    Regarding Bernie Sanders, I think it’s safe to say that he is against Netanyahu and against the status quo on the West Bank. How he would handle it, is a different question. I kind of doubt he will be the Democratic candidate. I was not impressed by him at the debate.

    Billionaires who throw their weight around in politics is certainly less than ideal. Springsteen sang, “Poor man wanna be rich/Rich man wanna be king”. Getting money out of politics is probably impossible, but a better job of restraining the role of money in politics could be a goal. Could be a goal, but is certainly not a goal of the current president and Senate and supreme court.

  6. Elizabeth Block on July 11, 2019, 6:19 pm

    Turning Democrats against AIPAC? I certainly hope so.

    I was talking to a Zionist Jew a few days ago, who responded to my “Jews Against the Occupation” and “BDS Yes” buttons by asking if I knew how many Jews had won Nobel prizes. I asked if that made it OK for Jews to do to other people what was done to us. His response was interesting: he said he ignored the whole subject, turned off the news, didn’t read the papers.
    This is, I think, the last stand of Zionists: a cowardly refusal to face facts.

    • LiberatePalestine on July 12, 2019, 12:36 am

      → asking if I knew how many Jews had won Nobel prizes

      What the hell could that have to do with the criminal Zionist occupation of Palestine? Arafat won a Nobel prize, but I would never invoke that fact in support of the righteous Palestinian cause.

      We know, of course, what was meant: Jews are superior people, so don’t question anything done in their name.

    • hai_bar on July 12, 2019, 9:14 am

      Many Europeans use/used this logic to justify or to rationalize their “racial superiority”, especially Germans – although a bit less direct than the Zionists describing their racial superiority (something they took with them from Home to the new colony). I believe many of those Jews who won this “prize” were German and then Jewish*. Now this whole “Noble Prize” thing is really interesting for me as I study Biology and I come along many names who are renowned in this field, including many Nazis, and the vast majority of the names are either German or European (English/French mostly), then suddenly you have modern era names emerging – Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Arab, Pakistani and many other groups in the fields of Natural Sciences. So what happened? “racial performance” changes according to this Zionists’ logic? or is it the exposure to knowledge in a society accompanied by relative safety and well-being, disregarding assumptions presented before and still are from time to time related to the “race theory”, that drives these (really and deeply) interested people to flourish and come up with new ideas?

      * They got educated and lived in a German (or German speaking) society.

      • Mooser on July 12, 2019, 2:06 pm

        ” “racial performance” changes according to this Zionists’ logic”

        Absolutely. As you may know, a plague of out-marriage is plaguing Judaism. Up to 75% in the US, up to 60% in Israel! Goodbye, Nobels! Hello, deracination.

      • Talkback on July 12, 2019, 3:38 pm

        mooser: “As you may know, a plague of out-marriage is plaguing Judaism.”

        Yeah, that plage is called love and transcends the tribe. Who would want to become a loving individual? Is that even compatible with Judaism, Rabbi Mooser?

      • Mooser on July 12, 2019, 4:01 pm

        ” Is that even compatible with Judaism, Rabbi Mooser?”

        Even Judaism must bend before the laws of genetics!

      • Keith on July 12, 2019, 4:53 pm

        MOOSER- “As you may know, a plague of out-marriage is plaguing Judaism. Up to 75% in the US, up to 60% in Israel!”

        Plague? What plague? All of those Goyim lined up to become Jews-in-law is a plague? Besides, your numbers are suspect. 60% of Israeli Jews marrying Arab Palestinians? Have you been smoking too much legal marijuana again?

      • Talkback on July 13, 2019, 6:09 am

        Rabbi Mooser: “Even Judaism must bend before the laws of genetics!”

        My question was if becoming a loving individual is even compatible with Judaism (if intermarriage is consider to be even a holocaust by some tribal imbeciles).

    • eljay on July 12, 2019, 9:34 am

      || Elizabeth Block: … I was talking to a Zionist Jew a few days ago, who responded to my “Jews Against the Occupation” and “BDS Yes” buttons by asking if I knew how many Jews had won Nobel prizes. … ||

      Whenever it suits their purpose, Zionists are more than happy to anti-Semitically “count Jews”.

      If there’s one thing Zionists are consistently good at, it’s being hateful and immoral hypocrites.

  7. James Canning on July 12, 2019, 10:54 am

    Does Haim Saban support a permanent Israeli occupation of the West Bank?

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