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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Thomas Friedman, "Is It Sheldon Adelson’s World?": What About George Soros?

In his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Is It Sheldon Adelson’s World?," Obama acolyte Thomas Friedman attempts to tar and feather Sheldon Adelson, who was present at Netanyahu's recent speech before Congress; however, Friedman chooses to ignore the basic questions any impartial observer would ask after reading his opinion piece. Friedman writes:

"We certainly know that Mr. Adelson does. And when it came to showering that cash on Republican presidential hopefuls and right-wing PACs trying to defeat President Obama (reportedly $150 million in 2012), and on keeping Netanyahu and his Likud party in office, no single billionaire-donor is more influential than Sheldon. No matter what his agenda, it is troubling that one man, with a willingness and ability to give away giant sums, can now tilt Israeli and American politics his way at the same time."

Needless to say, there is no mention of billionaire George Soros and his funding of "progressive" organizations such as J Street and The Brookings Institution, which are busy advocating on behalf of Obama's nuclear development deal with Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei.

Friedman continues:

"Israel has much stricter laws on individuals donating to political campaigns, so Adelson got around that in 2007 by founding a free, giveaway newspaper in Israel — Israel Hayom — whose sole purpose is to back Netanyahu, attack his enemies in politics and the media, and enforce a far-right political agenda to prevent any Israeli territorial compromise on the West Bank (which, in time, could undermine Israel as a Jewish democracy).

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Adelson then bought the most important newspaper of the religious-nationalist right in Israel, Makor Rishon, long considered the main backer of Netanyahu’s biggest right-wing rival, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett. Last March, in an interview with Israel Army Radio after the Makor Rishon sale, Bennett said: 'It saddens me. Israel Hayom is not a newspaper. It is Pravda. It’s the mouthpiece of one person, the prime minister. At every junction point, every point of friction between the national interest and the interest of the prime minister, they chose the side of the prime minister.'"

Hold your horses, Tom! Isn't The New York Times the "mouthpiece" of President Obama? Many, including myself, are of the belief that "At every junction point, every point of friction between the national interest and the interest of the prime minister [president], they chose [The New York Times chooses] the side of the prime minister [president].

Friedman concludes:

"When money in politics gets this big, when it can make elected officials bow and scrape in two different countries at the same time, it is troubling. I’m sure Adelson cares deeply about Israel, but he lacks any sense of limits in how he exercises his extraordinary financial power — power he is using to simultaneously push Israel and America toward eliminating any two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians, toward defunding the Palestinian Authority and toward a confrontation with Iran, not a diplomatic solution. People need to know this."

Well, I believe in a two-state solution, but I also support reimposing a stringent sanctions regime upon Iran. Providing the mullahs with an arsenal of atomic bombs in a decade or less, i.e. the deal being pursued by Obama, is certain to result in a Middle East nuclear war, not necessarily involving Israel. But more to the point, you can't ask Adelson to stop funding the right wing causes dear to his heart, while ignoring the left wing organizations being financed by Soros.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander. C'est tout.

1 comment:

  1. lest we forget other billionaires:

    Tom Steyer's $100 million + to stop the Keystone Pipeline has caused deterioration of the USA's relationship with Canada, and enables POTUS to defy Canada, and the overwhelming opinions of Americans who want the pipeline built.

    allegedly, Warren Buffet stands to make money from reliance on rail transport of oil.

    oh, and Bloomberg spending on gun control.

    no mas, today's WSJ has headline of the year" "Clinton-Alt-Delete"

    if only ...