This entire article along with accompanying picture has to be seen and read to be believed:
At a luncheon here Tuesday, Mr. Adelson brought his two worlds together. He was crowned an honorary citizen of Jerusalem by the city’s mayor. And he flew in entertainers from his $2.4 billion Venetian resort in Macau: three male crooners in long brocade jackets and three-cornered hats, serenading the V.I.P. crowd with “That’s Amore” and “O Sole Mio.”
All I can say is that this travesty has something instructive to say about the predicament of Israel and mainstream Zionism.
Jodi Rudoren in her report misses many nuances and one important fact in her discussion of Adelson’s role in Israel’s worst and most dangerous paper. He has admitted that he subsidizes the paper to the tune of $40-million per year. This turns Yisrael HaYom into Adelson’s vanity enterprise. But one Bibi Netanyahu has publicly admitted brought him the prime ministership and far-right domination of the Israeli political scene.
The problem is that no other serious Israeli paper has such a deep pockets benefactor. In Israel, unfortunately you can buy political discourse on the cheap. You can’t (yet) do that here. Though it won’t stop Adelson from trying.
What I truly worry about is that clowns like Shelson Adelson will turn Israel into a version of his Macao Venetian casino. Israel Sheldon-style is a fake, a parody of what it should be. It is a gambling casino in which Sheldon has bet the house on the most vulgar, brutal version of what it should and can be.