Adelson-Saban tag-team underscores Israel lobby’s power

by Justin Raimondo
November 12, 2014
Antiwar.com

When Pat Buchanan described the American Congress as “Israeli-occupied territory” in the run up to the first Gulf war, he clearly underestimated the problem. Although Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban didn’t mean to underscore and enlarge Buchanan’s point, this they surely did at the first national conference of a new pro-Israel lobbying group, the Israeli-American Council (IAC), where the two multi-billionaires appeared together on stage. It was an enlightening colloquy.

Adelson, whose casinos have made him one of the richest people in the world, pumped $150 million into the Republican Party in 2012, and is expected to give at least as much in the 2016 campaign. Saban who made his fortune on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, has given a comparable amount to the Democrats, including the money to build Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington: he has pledged to donate “whatever it takes” to elect Hillary Clinton in 2016.

On stage together, the duo engaged in a bit of a contest to see who could be more brazen about their desire to force US policy into a “pro-Israel” template. Both expressed intransigent opposition to current US-Iran talks over the latter’s nuclear energy program, with Adelson averring that if he were Prime Minister of Israel and the US sealed a deal with Iran that didn’t meet with his approval he “would not just talk, I would take action” – against whom, it wasn’t quite clear.

Saban, for his part, pushed well beyond that frontier, declaring that if he were in Netanyahu’s position “I would bomb the daylights out of these sons of bitches!”

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