If you want to know why Joe Biden can’t say a word critical of Israel, reflect that Haim Saban, who is one of Joe Biden’s biggest fundraisers and donors, raising $4.5 million for him two weeks ago, has said, “I’m a one-issue guy and my issue is Israel.”
And Saban is supportive of Trump policy in the Middle East.
Saban was at the White House on Sept. 15 for the announcement of the UAE-Bahrain-Israel normalization deals that are featured at the top of the White House website.
And Saban repeatedly praised Jared Kushner today on a Jewish Insider conference call about the UAE deal. Saban said:
I would be remiss if I didnt mention four names of the people who are responsible… First of all MBZ, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, took courage. Second Sheik Abdullah [bin Zayed, UAE foreign minister]. Third Jared. Fourth [ambassador] Yousef al-Oteiba. And five, I said four, it’s five, Yossi Cohen the head of the Mossad. To me, knowing the little that I know, that’s my perception, that these people are the people who brought it all together. And people need to recognize that, that these are the people with courage and the strong desire for peace who found the formula to bring the two countries together and should be commended for it.
Saban praised “Jared” again in extolling the Trump peace plan, which even liberal Zionist organizations call a “peace sham“. Saban:
I’ve always been a proponent and a supporter of finding a solution for the Palestinians to have their own coutnry. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done. This is a difficult one, this is really a very complicated one where a lot of smart people for decades have worked at trying to find a solution and have failed, which is why I came out in support of the Trump peace plan. Because I thought, you know what– it’s outside of the box. I should say, ‘The Jared peace plan.’ But anyway– it’s out of the box, it’s very different than everything that was done before. And you can’t keep on trying to do the same thing and expect a different result.
With that plan, with the Jared Plan, It became something that maybe has a shot. Maybe has a shot. But whether Abu Mazen gathers the courage to move forward and sit at the table or whether his successor has the courage, one thing that is missing is educating the Palestinian people for peace.
Saban went on to criticize the “scary” Palestinian media for praising intifadas and resistance to Israel, and recalled advising John Kerry to press this issue during his negotiations in 2014. Kerry said, “That’s the first thing I’m going to do,” Saban related.
Saban’s openness to the Trump policy is a good reminder that many Democratic supporters of Israel are warmed by Trump’s actions, and Trump has been trying to win them over by saying that the Democratic Party will betray Israel. I don’t think Trump will succeed. He is only polling at about 30 percent among Jewish voters, with Biden maintaining a traditional Democratic advantage. But Biden will take no risks when it comes to one of his biggest donors, who is surely not alone among older pro-Israel Americans.