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Sheldon Adelson (L), Shawn Evenhaim (C), chair of the IAC, and Haim Saban (R), at the inaugural Israeli-American Council Conference on Nov. 9, 2014.

First published in Jewish Business News

OK, the world is really changing, and staying the same, and everything in between. That would have to be your conclusion if you added up everything two of the most notorious Jewish power brokers, one on the left, the other most decidedly on the right, said last night in a joint appearance before a new group calling itself the Israeli American Council (IAC), in Washington, DC.


Media mogul Haim Saban, 70, Hillary Clinton’s major sugar daddy, criticized President Obama’s dealings with Iran, saying: “We’ve shown too many carrots and a very small stick.”

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, 81, who put in $400 million to support various Republican presidential candidates in 2014—with nothing to show for it, told IAC that both U.S. political parties are “on the same side” when it comes to supporting Israel.

“Everyone in this room—whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat or Independent… when it comes to Israel, we’re on the same side,” Adelson said Sunday.

But what Sheldon Adelson said on a completely different topic totally caught our attention: he laid out a plan to buy the NY Times. Even though it’s not for sale.

Mind you, Adelson knows a thing or two about owning the media. Over in Israel, he created a daily newspaper, Yisrael Hayom, so powerfully-enlisted in support of PM Benjamin Netanyahu — that the Knesset is now working on special anti-democratic legislation to kill his paper.

So how would he buy the Times? Simple – by throwing too much money at it.

“There’s only one way to buy it,” Adelson said. “Money.”

It started when Shawn Evenhaim, the national chairman of the Israeli American Council, asked the two men if they thought the news media are biased against Israel.

Saban said they were, except for both of Rupert Murdoch’s children, Fox News Channel and the Wall Street Journal.

He didn’t mention the NY Post. but he did tell Adelson they should have bought The Washington Post together.

“I wish that [ founder] Jeff Bezos hadn’t bought The Washington Post,” Saban said. “For $250 million — bupkis — he stole it.”

So Adelson suggested, “Why don’t you and I go after the New York Times?”

Saban admitted that he had “tried over and over to buy it” but the family-owned Times is not for sale.

So Adelson laid down a familiar strategy: “You pay significantly more than it’s worth, then the non-family shareholders have the right to bring a suit between the real value and what’s been offered.”

One day we’ll come home to discover that Sheldon Adelson bought our children and is putting them inside his U-Haul — and we won’t even put up a fight, because he paid way more than we could get for them on the market.

Both Adelson and Saban called for unity when it comes to supporting Israel, reminding all prospective presidential candidates who are brandishing their swords this winter of the supreme value of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

They also agreed that President Obama has not done enough to protect Israel.

You don’t have to like what these two men said last night, but you do have to acknowledge that their merged notions are going to carry tons of weight in the next two years, regardless of what Obama is doing or planning to do or planning to sit out.

Or, as Evenhaim told both men: “After the election in 2016, one of you will get me a private tour of the White House.”

And the Lincoln bedroom.

And Lincoln.


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Tibbi Singer is a veteran contributor to publications such as Israel Shelanu and the US supplement of Yedioth, and Jewish Business News.


  1. Polakow-Suransky noted that Peres did not deny attending the meetings at which the purchase of Israeli weapons systems, including ballistic missiles, was discussed. “Peres participated in high level discussions with the South African defence minister and led the South Africans to believe that an offer of nuclear Jerichos was on the table,” he said. “It’s clear from the documentary record that the South Africans perceived that an explicit offer was on the table. Four days later Peres signed a secrecy agreement with PW Botha.”

    While Peres’s office said there are no documents with his signature on that mention nuclear weapons, his signature does appear with Botha’s on an agreement governing the broad conduct of the military relationship, including a commitment to keep it secret.

    Today politicians and academics in South Africa said the apartheid regime’s cooperation with Israel was an “open secret” and they welcomed the current government’s move to declassify sensitive documents which provided details of key meetings.

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  2. First he inexplicably throws large amounts of money defeating Florida's initiative to legalize medical cannabis, one of the oldest and safest medicines known to man, citing groundless propaganda (he can't honestly blame cannabis for his sons's death?? he can't be that much of a simpleton?). Now he wants to buy the newspaper that publicly supports cannabis legalization, recreationally and medicinally. Interesting.

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