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For once, Sheldon Adelson needs Donald Trump more than Trump needs Adelson

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Today in an unprecedented show of autonomy, Donald Trump fired the firebreathing national security adviser John Bolton. Bolton was gifted to the Trump administration in 2018 by Sheldon Adelson, Trump’s biggest donor, and Trump duly ended the Iran deal once Bolton came aboard.

Now Trump has fired Bolton, thereby signalling that he is open to renegotiating the Iran deal. And Trump’s Defense Department has all but criticized Israel for its drone war in Iraq and Syria that is threatening Americans and American proxies.

Trump is showing more independence of the rightwing Israel lobby than he has his entire administration. After three years of doing everything for Israel that the rightwing lobby wanted, from Jerusalem to the Golan to UNRWA.

The simple explanation for Trump’s conduct is that he at last has the upper hand in his relationship with Netanyahu and Sheldon Adelson.

Benjamin Netanyahu desperately needs Trump to deliver on a huge deliverable, greenlighting the annexation of the Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley, a historic achievement of Zionists in completely colonizing the land of Palestine– “forever,” as Netanyahu promised today in his own desperate announcement of his intentions. In that speech, Netanyahu pleaded with Israeli voters to vote for him not Benny Gantz, because Netanyahu would be able to “recruit” Donald Trump in this plan in the weeks to come, in conjunction with Trump’s deal of the century, yet to be announced.

No one else can deal with Trump as I can, Netanyahu said. No one else can “recruit” Trump.

Netanyahu makes apartheid official policy, in speech announcing he will annex portions of West Bank if reelected. i24 news screenshot, September 10, 2019.

Netanyahu’s Hail Mary should be seen for what it looks like: a sincere moment of Flop Sweat. Now he really needs Donald Trump to come through. We have a historic opportunity here, Netanyahu said, to go forward on annexation. I.e., to kill the idea of a Palestinian state, “forever.”

Does that opportunity really exist? Trump knows that Netanyahu’s future rides on his next gesture. The rightwing annexationist program rides on Trump’s signals in the next few days.

Whatever Sheldon Adelson’s differences with Netanyahu, Sheldon Adelson’s own agenda, of ending the idea of a Palestinian state, and establishing Jewish sovereignty throughout the ancient biblical land of Israel, is on the line here.

If Gantz and Yair Lapid and Blue/White get into the prime minister’s office, they are not likely to proceed with annexation. Blue/White need to satisfy their center-left base, much of which still believes in a Palestinian state. Netanyahu has been running away from any idea of a Palestinian state (Just yesterday Likud leaped to object when Naftali Bennett said that some in Likud support a Palestinian state).

All eyes are on Trump. After doing anything for Adelson’s $170 million over the last three years, after being Sheldon Adelson’s “perfect little puppet” as Trump warned us Marco Rubio would be —

Trump is finally free. For a few weeks anyway, the hammer is in his hand. All those Adelson millions are ancient history, and 2020 might as well be the next century.

Who is king now? Adelson is the humble petitioner.

All Netanyahu’s marbles are on the line, his freedom too. And Donald Trump has warmed to the haggling by cutting off Adelson’s proxy: John Bolton.

The deal is likely to be just what was predicted last month. Netanyahu will win on West Bank annexation. Donald Trump will do his part, signing off on apartheid forever, telling Palestinians they are subhuman. Telling Israelis that he and Netanyahu are peers. Netanyahu’s only hope to hold on to the premiereship.

Trump will deliver for Netanyahu, but he will extract a price. He will gain autonomy to deal with Iran; Netanyahu will lose on Iran.

And P.S. the biggest victor in all this process will be…

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. Europe will totally be on board. A movement smeared as anti-Semitic by US legislatures and Bari Weiss and the New York Times and all the Israel lobby groups will emerge as the only real opposition to apartheid.


Philip Weiss

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  1. annie on September 10, 2019, 3:03 pm

    perfect pitch

    • Misterioso on September 11, 2019, 10:15 am

      Regardless of who is president, the thrust of U.S. policy will be to gradually set “Israel” adrift. It serves no useful purpose, is a financial drain and has created needless enemies of America and unnecessary disastrous wars in the Arab world. The U.S. is in decline while through massive investments, China has just joined hands with Iran and its market of 63 million people. Zionist influence in the U.S. has peaked and is increasingly under attack by a new generation of Americans, including enlightened Jews, especially youth. Hold on to your seat belts!!

      • annie on September 11, 2019, 10:44 am


  2. Keith on September 10, 2019, 7:18 pm

    PHIL- “…Donald Trump fired the firebreathing national security adviser John Bolton.”

    Wonderful news. A single silver lining in an otherwise extremely dark cloud. The rest of your article, however, is wild speculation. The reality may well be that the Deep State has decided to focus on China instead of Russia. Steve Bannon remains influential and is rearing his ugly head once again. What better way to bury the ugly details of the Jeffrey Epstein blackmail operation involving organized crime, the CIA and the Mossad than to cry wolf over Chinese cyber capabilities? No joke. A quote and a link.

    “If you thought that the demonization of Russia and incessant Russophobia over the past years from the West, with hardly a highly likely shred of evidence, was unconscionable and the absolute pinnacle of all demonization campaigns ever, get ready for the demonization of China. In true Hollywood Blockbuster style, the China Fear campaign promises to be bigger and better theater than the complete demonization of Russia. The campaign is focused, has a highly skilled leader, is sophisticated and has a clear set of objectives and operating objectives and plans. It even has its own very special movie, called “Claws of the Red Dragon”. (Chris Faure)

    • Sibiriak on September 10, 2019, 9:45 pm

      Bolton had deep support within the bipartisan foreign policy establishment, from neocons to liberal interventionists, and of course was fully backed by the anti-Russia crowd. It’s ludicrous to think this only or even primarily about Adelson and the Zionist Lobby.

      • Keith on September 11, 2019, 12:03 am

        SIBIRIAK- “It’s ludicrous to think this only or even primarily about Adelson and the Zionist Lobby.”

        When has that ever stopped Phil from pursuing his “Zionist Lobby” meme? The collusion and interpenetration between the CIA, Mossad, the US Deep State, and the imperial elite goes way beyond what can be described as a “Lobby.” And the Jeffrey Epstein case is an example of a reality that dares not speak its name, it’s recent publicity indicative of an elite power struggle. If you haven’t been following the Whitney Webb series, I highly recommend it and provide an introductory link. Everything she describes is available in news media and other reliable accounts. The key is to keep track of public information and correlate the data, something I doubt one reporter could do on her own. I suspect that she is being fed the data, however, the data appears good. Check it out.

      • Tuyzentfloot on September 11, 2019, 4:54 am

        I agree, but I can still think of good reasons why Bolton is important. The Iran deal was a success for Obama against a lot of opposition. That opposition has not disappeared. For instance Trump remarked early on how anti-Iran the Pentagon was. Bolton played his role in cancelling the deal, a step which others would have been too cautious to take. Without him the situation would probably not be what it is today. But removing Bolton does not suddenly make it achievable to reinstate the deal.

        With Bolton the conflict with iran could escalate to war. Trump does not want that. The Pentagon does not want that. I don’t see him having problems with draconian sanctions. He’ll want to negotiate with Iran to achieve a level of sanctions which is a little less than what would result in annoying backlash. It’s Iran’s job to convince him that this won’t work.

        Bolton sabotages deals and poisons relations. IF someone is interested in making a deal, whether it be Afghanistan or North Korea, then it is good not to have Bolton around. Or his minions , for instance Kupperman.

      • Tuyzentfloot on September 11, 2019, 8:40 am

        Keith says:The key is to keep track of public information and correlate the data, something I doubt one reporter could do on her own. I suspect that she is being fed the data, however, the data appears good.

        I noticed that but even if she has got help she’s quite productive and she’s in command of what she writes. Some people are able to do more than other journalists combined and have it all in their head. Take Max Blumenthal.

    • Sibiriak on September 12, 2019, 1:38 am

      @Keith Thanks for the Whitney Webb link. I haven’t been following that story too closely, but I have read some material at Consortium news.

      Btw, RT news reported today:

      Speaking for the first time about reasons for firing his national security advisor John Bolton, US President Donald Trump said he was “way out of line” on Venezuela, even as the State Department doubled down on regime change.

      I disagreed with John Bolton on his attitudes about Venezuela. I thought he was way out of line ,” Trump told reporters at the Oval Office on Wednesday.

      The interesting thing is, when I do a Google search for ““I disagreed with John Bolton on his attitudes about Venezuela, “ it turns up basically just RT news reporting on that statement. Maybe you’ll get more results, being in a different location. I got more results with DuckDuckGo. I can’t imagine what reason there would be to ignore that statement…

      (Trump makes that statement in the very beginning of the video here:

      • Keith on September 12, 2019, 11:11 am

        SIBIRIAK- “I haven’t been following that story too closely….”

        You should. The ties between the Mafia, big business, the CIA and the Mossad are strong and deep. I was already aware of some of this through the writings of Douglas Valentine (The CIA as Organized Crime) and Gus Russo (Super Mob: How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America’s Hidden Power Brokers).

        SIBIRIAK- (quoting RT)- “… US President Donald Trump said….”

        Trump is a distraction. I ignore everything he says.

      • Sibiriak on September 12, 2019, 2:27 pm

        Keith: Trump is a distraction.

        Yeah, but that wasn’t the point.

  3. hophmi on September 11, 2019, 9:25 am

    This was entertaining fiction. You have the narrowest perspective of anyone. As conspiracy theorist often do.

  4. eljay on September 11, 2019, 10:57 am

    … Trump is showing more independence of the rightwing Israel lobby than he has his entire administration. After three years of doing everything for Israel that the rightwing lobby wanted, from Jerusalem to the Golan to UNRWA. … Netanyahu will win on West Bank annexation. Donald Trump will do his part … Trump will deliver for Netanyahu …

    Boy, oh, boy! Prez Donald “neutral on I-P” Trump is really going to show “King” Bibi and Sheldon who’s in charge!

    Hit it, Don:

    ” … I’m very pro-Israel. In fact, I was the head of the Israeli Day Parade a number of years ago, I did a commercial for Netanyahu when he was getting elected … People are born with hatred, they’re taught hatred. And I have to say, it’s mostly on the one side, not on the other side. But they’re taught hatred. … ”

    “I am a great friend of Israel. I was the Grand Marshal of the Israeli Day Parade… I have so many friends. In fact one of them, one of my great friends — where is Jared, my son-in-law? Where is he? My son-in-law is Jewish, and he’s fantastic … So, there is nobody closer — and Bibi Netanyahu asked me to do a commercial for him, for his campaign. I did a commercial for him.”

  5. snaidamast on September 11, 2019, 11:33 am

    My god, the picture at the top of this article makes Adelson look like Jabba the Hut…

    • Mooser on September 11, 2019, 5:47 pm

      Adelson is elderly, and a sick man. He only continues to do the job because his replacement isn’t quite trained yet.

    • RoHa on September 11, 2019, 9:08 pm

      Do you think Jabba will sue?

  6. James Canning on September 11, 2019, 11:48 am

    John Bolton is a half-crazed inveterate warmonger who has advocated foolish and reckless US policies in the Middle East that have proved catastrophic for the region at fantastic cost to the American people.

    • Mooser on September 11, 2019, 5:42 pm

      So far, the most likely reason Trump fired Bolton is that Trump was mad because he suspects Bolton of being the source of the ‘nuke the hurricane’ leak.

  7. JWalters on September 11, 2019, 7:46 pm

    “Trump is finally free.”

    Why is Trump suddenly free to fire Bolton? It seems to me he was always free to do that, but just chose to do it now. And Bolton is a Netanyahu guy, so to some extent Trump is also firing Netanyahu. I’m guessing Netanyahu may now be quite worried about his recent election claim – that he’s the only one who can manipulate Trump into green-lighting annexation of the West Bank. Choosing the anniversary of 9/11 to fire Bolton may be significant.

  8. rafa santisteban on September 13, 2019, 5:05 pm

    Pls explain how Weiss gets the $170m fig. for Adelson buying Trump. I’m quite prepared to believe it – for what Trump has done for Israel, he should have got $1 bn at least – but I’d like details.

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