Sheldon Adelson Has Died, Will Other Pro-Israel Donors Fill the Vacuum that Funds the GOP?
US media are reporting widely on the recent death of Sheldon Adelson, the Republican mega-donor who passed away on Monday following complications related to treatment for cancer.
Adelson was a multi-billionaire casino owner and one of the richest men in the world. He is known for deploying his wealth on behalf of Israel. Axios reports: “Adelson was a fierce supporter of Israel who used his wealth to elevate the issue as a top cause for many GOP officials.”
Adelson and his wife Miriam, an Israeli citizen who had served in the Israeli military, were Trump’s largest campaign funders, reporting that the couple “have donated more than $525 million to federal political campaigns and committees since the 2010 cycle, per OpenSecrets.”
While some media are calling Sheldon a ‘patriot,’ there are indications that his deepest loyalty was to Israel.
In 2010 he told an Israeli group that he regretted that he had worn an American uniform rather than an Israeli one, and that he hoped his son would become a sniper for the IDF (Israeli military):
America is not held together by the people but by a cadre of CEOs who censor the internet in accordance with the demands of the Anti-Defamation League, according to ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.
The ADL two weeks ago demanded Trump be banned from Twitter and Facebook and impeached from the presidency.