Sheldon Adelson – The Dangerous American Oligarch Behind Benjamin Netanyahu

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

“What are we going to negotiate about? What I would say is, ‘Listen, you see that desert out there? I want to show you something,'” Adelson said at Yeshiva University. “You pick up your cellphone, and you call somewhere in Nebraska, and you say, ‘okay, let it go.’ So there’s an atomic weapon goes over — ballistic missiles — in the middle of the desert that doesn’t hurt a soul.”


Adelson continued: “Then you say, ‘See? The next one is in the middle of Tehran.’ So, we mean business. You want to be wiped out? Go ahead and take a tough position and continue with your nuclear development.


– From the Washington Post article: Adelson: Obama Should Fire Nuke to Send Message to Iran

That a handful of extraordinarily rich and powerful oligarchs as well as mega-corporations have completely hijacked the American political process is hardy news. It’s been the key topic of discussion here at Liberty Blitzkrieg and elsewhere for many years (see: New Report from Princeton and Northwestern Proves It: The U.S. is an Oligarchy).

What makes their control so effective is the use of an army of lobbyists, lawyers, Super PACs and bought and paid for politicians to do their dirty work, thus employing an opaque network of well-heeled minions created to conceal who is really pulling the strings.

Of all the commentary written about Netanyahu’s embarrassing political stunt in front of the U.S. Congress last week, the most important angle was largely overlooked. That is, it sort of represented a coming out party for the American oligarch from behind the curtain.

Sheldon Adelson, by all accounts a vile and violent sort of the worst kind, has made entirely controlling the Republican party his lifelong achievement. Additionally, and quite significantly to U.S. and Israeli citizens, Mr. Adelson has transformed himself into the puppet-master behind Benjamin Netanyahu. Just so there’s no misunderstanding about who Sheldon Adelson is, let’s revisit a post from last year titled, Inside the Mind of an Oligarch – Sheldon Adelson Proclaims “I Don’t Like Journalism”. Here’s an excerpt:

Billionaire casino mogul and conservative donor Sheldon Adelson said Sunday that the Palestinians are a made-up nation which exists solely to attempt to destroy Israel.


At the conference, which also featured top Democratic funder Haim Saban, Adelson also said Israel would not be able to survive as a democracy: “So Israel won’t be a democratic state, so what?” he asked Saban, adding that democracy, after all, is not mentioned in the Torah,and recommended that the country build a “big wall” to protect itself, saying, “I would put up a big wall around my property.”


Saban and Adelson should buy The New York Times together in an effort to bring more “balance” to the newspaper’s coverage of Israel and the Middle East, Adelson suggested to wild applause.


“I don’t like journalism,” Adelson said, highlighting what he said was the media’s insistence on focusing on the empty half of the glass.

Bill Moyers recently hit the nail on the head when it comes to Sheldon Adelson and his war catalyzing puppet, Benjamin Netanyahu. He writes:

Everything you need to know about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress Tuesday was the presence in the visitor’s gallery of one man – Sheldon Adelson.


The gambling tycoon is the Godfather of the Republican Right. The party’s presidential hopefuls line up to kiss his assets, scraping and bowing for his blessing, which when granted is bestowed with his signed checks. Data from both the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics and the Center for Public Integrity show that in the 2012 election cycle, Adelson and his wife Miriam (whose purse achieved metaphoric glory Tuesday when it fell from the gallery and hit a Democratic congressman) contributed $150 million to the GOP and its friends, including $93 million to such plutocracy-friendly super PACs as Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, the Congressional Leadership Fund, the Republican Jewish Coalition Victory Fund, Winning Our Future (the pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC) and Restore Our Future (the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC).


Yet there’s no knowing for sure about all of the “dark money” contributed by the Adelsons – so called because it doesn’t have to be reported. Like those high-rise, multi-million dollar apartments in New York City purchased by oligarchs whose identity is hidden within perfectly legal shell organizations, dark money lets our politicians conveniently erase fingerprints left by their ink-stained (from signing all those checks) billionaire benefactors.


Adelson owns the daily Israel Hayom, a leading newspaper, as well as Makor Roshon, the daily newspaper of Israel’s Zionist religious right and NRG, a news website. He gives Israel Hayom away for free in order to promote his hardline views – the headline in the paper the day after Obama’s re-election was “The US Voted [for] Socialism.”


More important, he uses the paper to bang the drum incessantly for Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud Party, under the reign of which Israel has edged closer and closer to theocracy. As Hebrew University economist Momi Dahan put it: “De facto, the existence of a newspaper like Israel Hayom egregiously violates the law, because [Adelson] actually is providing a candidate with nearly unlimited resources.”


In fact, as Israel’s March 17 election approaches, Adelson has increased the press run of Israel Hayom’s weekend edition by 70 percent. The paper says it’s to increase circulation and advertising, but rival newspaper Ha’aretz reports, “Political sources are convinced the extra copies are less part of a business plan and more one to help Netanyahu’s re-election bid.” Just like the timing of Netanyahu’s “State of the Union” address to Congress this week was merely a coincidence, right? “I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political,” Netanyahu told Congress. “That was never my intention.” Of course.

So Netanyahu gets the best of both of Adelson’s worlds – his powerful propaganda machine in Israel and his campaign cash here in the United States. Combined, they allow Netanyahu to usurp American foreign policy as he manipulates an obliging US Congress enamored of Adelson’s millions, pushing it further to the right on Israel and the Middle East.


There you have it: Not only is this casino mogul the unofficial head of the Republican Party in America (“he with the gold rules”), he is the uncrowned King of Israel — David with a printing press and checkbook instead of a slingshot and a stone. All of this came to the fore in Netanyahu’s speech on Tuesday: the US cannot determine its own policy in the Middle East and the majority in Congress are under the thumb of a foreign power.


Everything you need to know about Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress Tuesday was the presence in the visitor’s gallery of that man. We are hostage to his fortune.

Don’t forget the quote at the top where he suggested scaring Iran into submission by threatening to drop a nuke on Tehran. Who’s the aggressor again?

This whole thing takes on a much greater level of significance given Adelson’s near total control of the U.S. Republican party, as well as his control over Israel’s Prime Minister. The man is not only the 8th richest man in the world, he’s also a menace to civilized society, and people need to start paying a lot more attention to him.

I think the following illustration from Haaretz sums it up best:

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bigrooster's picture

Fuck off you psychopath joo!

ILLILLILLI's picture

This is how the Zionists stole Palestine. After you read this, you will know the only two things that you need to know about Zionist: 1) Every word out of the mouth of a Zionist is a lie. 2) What the Zionist wants, the Zionist takes.

Kitler's picture

American Indians were making the same baseless complaints about the Pilgrims

Divine Wind's picture



The Jew hating here makes me nauseous.




Usurious's picture
Usurious (not verified) Divine Wind Mar 9, 2015 9:27 PM



if your going to throw up, i suggest throwing up on Rothschilds Blvd near the Rothschilds Hotel in Tel Aviv........

Kitler's picture

Either someone forgot to change the name of Tel Aviv or perhaps the check didn't clear?

90's Child's picture

Whose that guy on John Kerry in the picture?

Self-enslavement's picture
Self-enslavement (not verified) TruxtonSpangler Mar 9, 2015 10:53 PM

Jews are not Americans.

cornfritter's picture

you a clever little provacateur are you not :-)

Liberal's picture

As a staunch liberal, I strongly support Israel...Oh, wait. Sheldon Adelson gave $150 million to the GOP???

As a staunch liberal, I am strongly against Jews...Oh, wait. Is that racist?

As a staunch liberal, I strongly support Hillary and whatever she supports.

old naughty's picture

The truth is out there!

i.e. the untruthful will be exposed.

conscious being's picture

Zionist policy, aparatcheks and their money system have destroyed America. Not every Jew is into destroying America. Anybody saying "Let's kill the Jews" is likely a Zionist provacator.

jeff montanye's picture

almost; yes; at least consider it.

Fun Facts's picture

If you ask any of the dual citizen ziotards, they will tell you straight out that their primary loyalty is to Israel.

This of course by definition makes them traitors to the USA, and yet they are still running the show with complete media domination and the top 3 money positions all locked up.

Read the protocols. What we are enduring today is the realization exactly as described 100 years ago in the forgery.

The_Prisoner's picture

How about you stope being thieving conniving cunts first? Maybe that has something to do with the fact people hate you.

Or maybe people hate you because you are God's chosen people. Like a fireball appeared in the sky in the Ukraine, or Khazakstan or wehrever you cunts come from and said. I'm your God, and I'm giving you permission to lie, murder and steal, as long as you chop a piece of your newborn son's dick and let a priest suck on it.


Self-enslavement's picture
Self-enslavement (not verified) The_Prisoner Mar 9, 2015 10:55 PM

All Jews are evil pricks.

cornfritter's picture

Negative muchacho.  The people in the forefront are by no means jews.  They are not even shemites.

Terminus C's picture

Don't feed the trolls.  Buddy is here to distract and detract from the issues at hand.  Anyone with a brain can tell that his absolute statements are meant to be inflammatory.  His purpose is to deter thinking and compassionate people from seeking information on this (and many other) sites.  This is right out of the .gov handbook on information management.

His response to me will be ad hominem...

I'll say it again, don't feed the trolls...

nailgunnin4you's picture

The Jew hating here makes me nauseous.

Fuck off then kike
kingstukie's picture

Might I suggest you read the following light hearted material to correct your vertigo.

The T a l m u d
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
Behind communism
Waters flowing Eastwards
The Jewish Utopia
You Gentiles
Germans must Perish
Blood Passover
Kill the Best Gentiles
Hellstorm: The Death of Nazi Germany, 1944-1947

kingstukie's picture

"more authentic and less nazi sympathetic"

This coming from a Ziokike. Care to substantiate that statement?

How about Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's 200 years together?

robobbob's picture

until "jews" as a group stand up and publically denounce and distance themselves from the psychopathic oligarchs and their minions who are hiding behind their name, jews will continue to be hated and murdered for their crimes.

broadbrush hatred of jews as a group isn't just a result of ignorance and racism of the masses, its an intentional feature in the elites playbook.

Usurious's picture
Usurious (not verified) ILLILLILLI Mar 9, 2015 9:25 PM



we usuryed humanity.......

booboo's picture

When so we start to see these fucking megalomaniacs start to die off, it's got to start happening soon? I mean WTF, are they on some special diet or have they had all their internals replaced with 19 yo Palestinian boys?

RichardParker's picture

I'm surprised Hedgefunds and Private Equity Firms haven't gotten in the action.

Questan1913's picture

It's the latter booboo.  Thanks for asking.

lemonobrien's picture

being an asshole is easy.

Monetas's picture
Monetas (not verified) lemonobrien Mar 9, 2015 9:49 PM

I am going to convert a baseball pitching machine .... to throw rocks at Palestinian kids .... I'm looking for a little start up capital ?

Self-enslavement's picture
Self-enslavement (not verified) Monetas Mar 9, 2015 10:57 PM

You should go public with that. Some mega-Jew-shell-company will buy you out for a cool Trillion or two.

iofera's picture
iofera (not verified) bigrooster Mar 9, 2015 9:17 PM

Zero Hedge will soon be launching a sister site,, for the Nazis, skinheads and anti-Semites of all creeds to unite under one banner.

Zeroes, dust off your polemics and diatribes - we're going to need every one of you to keep the nastiness and anger alive!

Let's commiserate about not being one of the one percent and stir the pot of bitterness and envy together!!

BeanusCountus's picture

Seen this for a while, and you are right about a couple things. Not all though. Bothers me that people throw out the "Jews" thing without acknowledging that their 1% is no different than the same 1% of any group of whatever group you wish to talk about. They all talk their book. Has anyone here ever talked to the bottom 99% of jewish people? I doubt it. And they are good people. Surprised many of the comments are not KKK.

So lets look at Netanyhu. Obviously a no bullshit guy. Looking at folks that have SWORN TO ELIMINATE HIS PEOPLE OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH. Sorry about the caps, but read it again. For a reason that is justified in many of your minds? Jeesus, its obviously war to him. So there it is. And no matter whos side you are on, you damn well better have a well informed opinion on "who started it". It's debatable. But theres only one thing that stands out here, IMHO, and its that Israel is the one fighting a "defensive" war. Go for the downposts here. My knowledge of history says thats the case. Continually fighting for "existence" is not wrong. No matter what it takes.

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Self-enslavement (not verified) BeanusCountus Mar 9, 2015 10:57 PM


highly debtful's picture

Nice counter argument, Self-enslavement - simple, yet brilliant. You've certainly cornered him there.

How about developing a coherent idea for a change? You should try it, it's liberating.

nailgunnin4you's picture

How about developing a coherent idea for a change?


I thought SE's contribution was simple, concise and effective.


He could have added the fact that Israel did not exist before WWII, the Palestinians who were displaced for the creation of a new Jewish state did. Then he could have cited the fact that Israel has, against international law and the United Nations, militarily occupied the small patches of land the Palestinians were allowed to keep for almost 50 years now.


Then, had he wished to keep this potentially enlightening debate open, he may then have asked Beanus how Israel attacking Palestine in Palestine could be considered part of a 'defensive war'. SE decided not to do this.

For that we thank and upvote him, for anyone who dares argue with an idiot will be dragged down to said idiot's level and be beaten by experience.

highly debtful's picture

For that we thank and upvote him, for anyone who dares argue with an idiot will be dragged down to said idiot's level and be beaten by experience.

So that's your kind of reasoning? The other guy's an idiot for stating his case and since we don't want to be dragged down to his level of idiocy, where he'll obviously win because he's infinitely better at idiocy than we are, we'll just outsmart him by replying "jew" instead of arguing.

You should say that out loud, record it and then listen to yourself. I'm telling you, you're in for a treat. 

Liberal's picture

That's enough congressman...Or are you a senator? Either way, as a staunch liberal, thank you for your service. I LOVE GOVERNMENT AND BEING GOVERNED!

nailgunnin4you's picture

So that's your kind of reasoning?


Absolutely, and your inability to accept that I destroyed jewboy's ASSertions on defensive wars and such with logic and fact, instead decrying me for use of an ancient humorous maxim, perfectly illustrates the maxim's innate wisdom. Had we left it at 'jew', we would not have been transported on this idiotic tangent of yours where neither of us need mention the original subject but can instead fling poolemics at each other. Why? Who knows!


I don't know but I give up, you win!! (Further proof of the maxim's genius)


highly debtful's picture

Some of the comments your buddy SE has been posting on this thread:

-Jews are not Americans.

-All Jews are evil pricks.


And this little pearl from you, nailgunnin4you, in reply of:

"The Jew hating here makes me nauseous."

-Fuck off then kike 


-...jewboy's ASSertions...

That's how you people debate from time to time.

You've got a point when you implied that I got sidetracked by these comments, but I think Oldwood's post - to which, mind you, you replied again without any decent counter argument - covers pretty well in part how I feel about the matter, because I don't know of course what he thinks of my personal view that the common Palestinian citizen is the most tragic loser here, caught between a corrupt and inept Palistinian Authority, radicals who are capable of pushing kids in the line of fire to advance their own cause, and a suspicious and at times harsh and unjust Israeli government. Yes, I have a problem with the Israeli settlement policy, yes, there has been historical unjustice IMO and yes, I believe Israel would be better off without the meddling of their religious parties and could do a lot more to advance the cause of peace in the region, to name just a few issues. So I think there's plenty of blame to go around. Nobody's innocent here, including the West.  But reducing this Gordian knot to statements like "All Jews are evil pricks"? You've got to be kidding me. The last time somebody tried that line, millions died - unless you're going to tell me that that tragedy was nothing but a foul zionist plot, in which case you'll be dishonouring the memory of a lot of dead innocent people.
jeff montanye's picture

is there a difference between zionism and nazism?

"Yes, I have a problem with the Israeli settlement policy, yes, there has been historical unjustice IMO and yes, I believe Israel would be better off without the meddling of their religious parties and could do a lot more to advance the cause of peace in the region, to name just a few issues. So I think there's plenty of blame to go around. Nobody's innocent here"

this sounds, to me, like the reasoning of apologists for the third reich.

"unless you're going to tell me that that tragedy was nothing but a foul zionist plot, in which case you'll be dishonouring the memory of a lot of dead innocent people."

and this the founding of the state of israel and evocative of its subsequent murders of so many of the palestinians and their sympathizers.

face it, israel has become its precursor/nemesis and the parallels are too much for the world to ignore as the zionist hold on the media is broken by the internet.



Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

"corrupt and inept Palistinian Authority, radicals who are capable of pushing kids in the line of fire to advance their own cause, and a suspicious and at times harsh and unjust Israeli government."

Interesting that you slant this with the Israeli government being the least culpable of the three, particularly when you consider where/how the "radicals" and the various Palestinian front orgs get their money.  Something tells me you have forgotten the basic rule of investigation:  "Follow the money."

"The last time somebody tried that line, millions died - unless you're going to tell me that that tragedy was nothing but a foul zionist plot, in which case you'll be dishonouring the memory of a lot of dead innocent people."

Again, follow the money.  Consider what happened after the Israeli state was set up re: the oil trade.  Now consider the possibility that the Israeli state is essentially just a forward operations base.  Are we really honoring the memory of those innocent people if we don't honestly assess why they were killed?