Las Vegas mega casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson are set to dine Thursday night (Feb. 9) at the White House with President Donald Trump and his First Lady, Melania Trump.
The conversation promises to be all but boring.
A source quoted by Axios “close to Sheldon Adelson” said the Jewish philanthropist, a major supporter of Israel, plans to raise the issue of why the so-called “two-state solution” is no solution.
Also allegedly on the plate will be President Trump’s campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – a move that Adelson reported supports, and a move that has been quietly been explored since the day Trump was elected. There are rumors that a site for a new embassy may have already been selected, and possibly even purchased in an area of Jerusalem that was in Israeli hands during the time the Jordanians occupied part of the capital.
Sheldon Adelson, who is the eighth richest American, owns the Israeli daily newspaper Israel Hayom, as well as the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He is married Miriam, an Israeli-born medical doctor originally from Haifa; the couple has four children together. Dr. Adelson founded a substance abuse center and research clinic at Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv, and to this day continues her personal involvement in research on treatment.
The couple has bankrolled the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Charitable Trust, which funds three separate foundations and two nonprofit organizations. The couple donates millions of dollars to Birthright Israel Foundation, and the nonprofit SpaceIL, aimed at landing the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon.
It should be an interesting night.