I love you! I love you too!
We know those 2, Trump and Netanyahu, but who’s the other guy, in the other photo?
Why, he’s the matchmaker!
He’s the most powerful man in America!
Remember the Abba song, “Money, money, money..it’s a rich man’s world!.”
So he’s a millionaire?
He’s a billionaire, a multi-billionaire. That’s Sheldon Adelson, the multi-billionaire Las Vegas Sands Casino magnate.
OK, he’s very wealthy, so what. Donald Trump is the most powerful man in America. Everyone knows that.
What does Trump want, more than anything else, especially now with an election coming up?
He wants to be reelected. He’s convinced he CAN be reelected IF he has enough money, huge amounts of money, to run a winning campaign and sweep to success.
And here is where Sheldon Adelson comes in. Adelson is a mega donor to the Republican Party and to Likud. He is expected to donate..oh, guesses are beween $100 -$200 million dollars on Trump’s campaign.
Guardian Feb 10, 2020 “One source predicted that Adelson, who in tandem with his Israeli-born wife, Miriam, donated more than $100m to Super Pacs and dark money groups in each of the last two presidential cycles, could wind up contributing close to $200m in 2020 “
Why does he do this? What’s in it for him?
Sheldon Adelson, an ardent Zionist, expects and gets, a lot for his money. He could be seen as the ‘éminence grise’ behind several of the hardline pro-Israeli regime stands take by Trump, including recognising Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and ditching the Iran nuclear deal signed by the Obama administration.
The Adelsons had front row seats at the at the White House for the unveiling of Trump’s so-called ‘Deal of the Century’.
The Intercept reports that the event…
“was staged as a celebration, and acted as a dual campaign rally, with the American president and the Israeli prime minister boasting of all they had achieved for Israel to a room filled with far-right supporters of the Jewish state, including business magnate Sheldon Adelson, the Republican and Likud megadonor who spent millions of dollars to elect both leaders.“
The wealthy have always been powerful in the US. Under the present administration there has been a massive transfer of wealth to the ultra wealthy.
The US is a plutocracy. The billionaires are very powerful. With enough money one can buy newspapers, influence at universitites, politicians ..and even the US foreign policy.
These are dark times.
Lois Griffiths is a human rights activist.