"Spitting on America's Face"
former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
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Netanyahu's backing of Romney was as absolute as media reports indicate. The links between the two go beyond shared political activities. It is not their personal friendship. It is not the fact that Netanyahu appeared on Romney's ads. It is not Romney's recent visit to Jerusalem. It is the fact that both of them share the same political platform. Both are lavishly supported by Sheldon Adelson, a gambling magnate. Netanyahu and Adelson rely on political advice from Arthur Finkelstein, an American Jew who is a prominent Republican Party consultant and was considered instrumental in Ronald Reagan's victory. Finkelstein claimed that Romney was about to win and influenced the actions of Adelson and Netanyhau. This powerful team made an awful work of its assessment of the American election results. Netanyahu realized that it may be committing the same error in the upcoming Israeli elections. Netanyahu's nightmare is rapidly becoming true.
Contributions of such large sums imply an extraordinary level of involvement. He contributed $16.5 million to Winning Our Future, an organization supporting Newt Gingrich. When the latter lost the Republican candidacy to Romney, Adelson contributed $20 million to Restore Our Future, which backed Mitt Romney. Had Adelson formed a better judgement, he wouldn't have given such large sums to the losing candidates. He could have shown his support with humbler sums. At least three other candidates backed by Adelson, among them Josh Mendel in Ohio, also lost. Overall, Adelson experienced a frightfully expensive series of defeats. The only place where he had a limited success was with the Republican Jewish Coalition. His contribution to them raised the percentage of Republican Jews bothering to vote, bringing down the Jewish support to Obama from 74% to 70%. This is a quite irrelevant achievement. His sharpest success was blocking a former employee of his, Shelley Berkley, from winning Nevada's senatorship; this small pleasure cost him $4 million.
“Uvda” (“fact” in Hebrew) is a popular Channel 2 program dealing with actual issues. In its first program of the season—broadcast after the US elections—the main political and military leaders of Israel in 2010 spoke about the planned attack on Iran that year. The situation analyzed in this website back then was proved right. Netanyahu and Barak wanted war, while the IDF Chief of Staff, the Mossad Director and other military leaders opposed and won the inner battle. Despite my sympathy to this program, it is difficult to imagine why it would begin its season with old news. The riddle was soon solved. Netanyahu was interviewed there and said “If needed, we will act,” he said referring to a war with Iran. Netanyahu’s election nightmare has become the world’s war nightmare.
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