Miriam Adelson Pledges $100 Million for Trump’s Campaign Seeking the Annexation of the West Bank

Video screenshot of Miriam Adelson and Donald Trump

Miriam Adelson, the 78-year old widow of casio owner Sheldon Adelson, is a fervent Zionist worth an estimated $30 billion. According to the Jewish Forward, she pledged $100 million to Donald Trump’s campaign. The New York Magazine wrote that in return for her financial support, she will expect unconditional support for the Israel-Hamas war and the annexation of the occupied West Bank. Her influence “is not just unpopular — it’s illegal under international law.”

In 2016, Miriam and Sheldon donated $25 million to Trump’s super-PACs, enabling them to mold Trump’s Israel policy, which appears to be a pay-to-play scheme to benefit a foreign country. While in office, Trump served the couple’s interests by moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem (a slight to Palestinians, who consider Jerusalem their capital as well) and the US officially recognized Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights territory — which the United Nations has condemned as illegal under international law. 

A critic said that she is keeping tight reins on the funds because Trump said that he wanted peace in Israel and Gaza and wanted the war finished. Will Trump change his stance and plunge US involvement deeper into a foreign war?

The article listed other Jewish billionaires shaping US politics that includes: Jeffrey YassPaul SingerJan Koum, and Bernie Marcus

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Miriam Adelson often tells a story from her childhood: Around 1950, when she was 4 or 5 years old and the state of Israel itself was one or two, she wanted to dress up for Purim as Queen Esther. Esther, the Tanakh tells us, was a beautiful Jewish woman who married gentile King Ahasuerus. She used her bravery, smarts, and station to thwart a plot to slaughter the Jews. But Miriam didn’t get to be Esther. Her family, like most Israeli families at the time, had no money. Her mother dressed her up in her older brother’s clothes instead.

Miriam Adelson is now 78 and worth $30 billion. She is effectively a queen — the fifth-richest woman in America and the richest Israeli. When she met her late husband, the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, in the late 1980s, she was a divorced addiction doctor who had left Tel Aviv for New York to pursue a research fellowship on methadone treatment. She had dedicated her life to lifting up the weak. But like almost all Israelis of her generation, the protection of the Jewish people, the security of the state of Israel, is her true calling. So after she married Sheldon in 1991, she leaned in. As Cicero put it, endless money forms the sinews of war.

Through the 1990s, Adelson learned her weapon. She switched from making modest donations to Democrats — common practice among Jewish Americans — to making large donations to Republicans, then unexpected and strange. In Israel, she and Sheldon backed Benjamin Netanyahu, a then-young right-wing zealot and Washington insider who rose to prominence by equating peace with surrender. The Netanyahu bet paid off. In 1996, he defeated sitting prime minister Shimon Peres. Two years earlier, Peres had won the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, for negotiating the first Oslo Accord.

Money to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Money to the Zionist Organization of America. Money to the Republican Jewish Committee. So much money up and down the ballot and across the globe that a candidate’s position on Israeli foreign policy — that is, a candidate’s position on a tiny country that most voters cared about not at all — determined the size of a campaign war chest. In 2005, trying a new tactic, Adelson gave $250,000 to President George W. Bush’s second inauguration. Sheldon did the same. The $500,000 combined got Adelson enough access to drop off at the White House literature about Islamic Jihad and tell Bush’s chief of staff, “I would like the president to see this.”

“It’s really amazing that we have this influence,” she said at the time. But the $500,000 did not get Adelson all that she wanted. Bush advocated for “two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.” Adelson has never believed in what she called the “useless mold of the so-called peace process.”

Sheldon echoed this. There was always going to be collateral damage. “All we care about is being good Zionists, being good citizens of Israel,” he said, conflating his own nationality with his wife’s. “I don’t think the Bible says anything about democracy.”

Citizens United, ruled on by the Supreme Court in 2010, was, to Adelson, a matanat el, a “gift from God.” Liberated to give unlimited amounts to super-PACs, Adelson donated $46 million to GOP causes in the 2012 election cycle, more than twice as much as the next 15 women donors combined. The Republican Party platform was not a flawless fit. “I don’t agree with the Republican stance on abortion,” she told Hadassah magazine. “Religion shouldn’t be political. But nothing is perfect.”

The press often reported the Adelsons’ giving as Sheldon’s. But it was not just Sheldon’s. Over the course of their marriage, Sheldon made 848 campaign donations. Miriam made 717. Over his lifetime, Sheldon gave $273 million to political campaigns. Miriam, 12 years younger, has given $284 million to date.

With Trump, in 2016, Adelson perfected her craft. At first she liked Ted Cruz, who was flamboyantly pro-Israel, as the Republican presidential nominee. But Adelson switched to Trump once she saw that he had more traction with voters. She and Sheldon donated $25 million to Trump’s super-PACs, understanding this would almost certainly enable them to mold Trump’s Israel policy. Campaign and patron understood each other. Before the first Trump-Clinton presidential debate, Rudy Giuliani kissed Miriam’s hand.

Adelson had learned her lesson from Bush in 2005: $500,000 to an inauguration is useless; $500,000 is chump change. She and Sheldon donated $5 million to Trump’s inauguration. For the swearing-in, they sat up on the dais, a few rows behind Jared Kushner. Sheldon, then 83, looked spectrally pale, his peripheral neuropathy catching up with him. Miriam, 71, looked tanned, radiant, giddy, girlish. She snapped photos on her phone, her platinum-blonde hair glinting against her black camel-wool coat.

In the fourth year of his presidency, Trump announced his Middle East peace plan, which wasn’t really a peace plan at all. Kushner had designed it without any input from Palestinians. Netanyahu called it “the deal of the century.” Trump delivered a few pieces of the plan while still in office: He moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a clear insult to the Palestinians, as they, too, consider Jerusalem their capital. At the ceremony celebrating the Embassy’s move, Adelson beamed from the front row. That same day, at the Gaza border, Israeli soldiers killed 58 Palestinians protesting the Embassy move.

Many political-fundraising experts, including Craig Holman, Public Citizen’s chief ethics lobbyist, believe Adelson will be Trump’s top patron in 2024, as she was in 2020. What will she expect in return? Beyond unconditional support for the Israel-Hamas war, one can assume she’ll press for the unfinished items of Trump’s Israel agenda from last term. Top of that list: Israel annexing the West Bank and the U.S. recognizing its sovereignty there.

This is not just unpopular — it’s illegal under international law. That is not Adelson’s primary concern. October 7 was “another kind of Holocaust,” she said in a recent speech. “We are people that cherish hope and not hatred, that will fight for what is right, even if it means fighting alone.”

 

New York Magazine:    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/miriam-adelson-trump-2024-campaign-donor-israel.html

The Jewish Forward:    https://forward.com/fast-forward/618034/miriam-adelson-funding-trump-israel/

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Ed
Ed
1 month ago

And negate “Suckerberg.”

Phillip Mezzapelle
Phillip Mezzapelle
1 month ago

The Founding Fathers and the individuals who put their signature on the Declaration of Independence didn’t make the sacrifices they made just so America could go from an occupied territory of Great Britain to an occupied territory of Israel.

Ragnar D.
Ragnar D.
1 month ago

Hey, American voters: it’s election time! Who are you gonna vote for, the Democrat Zionist or the Republican Zionist? Isn’t it great to have choices? Thankfully the world is beginning to turn against the Zionist propaganda. Tucker Carlson just had a great interview in which he exposed how some U.S. states make Americans sign loyalty oaths to ISRAEL if they want government contracts. You could be against France, North Korea, Mexico, or New York City, but you cannot be against Israel!

Liberty
Liberty
1 month ago

“Pawns in the Game”. by William Guy Carr. Dauphin publications.
Understanding treachery and grooming are important to understanding government. “Pawns in the Games” is one of the best I have read.

Tom Ball
Tom Ball
1 month ago

As I’ve said before, they own BOTH sides. I heard Trump already made deals with the oil industry, which is the military industrial part of the equation , l la Bush, Cheney, etc. They’re in bed together , but the Zionist bankster element is far and away in charge. They have the most billionaires and they’re a whole lot more cohesive and organized as a coalition. The military industrial side doesn’t rise to the level of a millennia old religion/ethic/racial cabal. What I can’t picture is how they are going to incorporate the Chinese Communist Party into this equation. The… Read more »

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1 month ago

Drumpf is Jewish you on need look at his genealogy http://mileswmathis.com/trump.pdf