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  1. Israeli coverage of American and world politics ranges from poor (say Haaretz) to awful (Yisrael Hayom). The local correspondents and commentators simply don’t have a clue regarding the workings of the foreign system (to give them credit – CNN is very poor regarding coverage of any parliamentary system which doesn’t boil down to a single winner/loser).

    While Adelson is quite possibly using Yisrael Hayom to influence Israeli coverage of Israeli affairs, the degree of attention given to other spheres of coverage by Yisrael Hayom by Adelson (and his wife, friends and family) is probably minute.

    It is likely that the local writers are covering Trump/US-politics as they envisage Adelson want them to cover this – without any direct or indirect hints in this regards.

    Obviously US media (Nevada, etc.) is a whole different ballgame.

    1. @ lepxii:

      Israeli coverage of American and world politics ranges from poor (say Haaretz) to awful (Yisrael Hayom)

      Haaretz’s coverage of U.S. politics is limited by the very misconceptions that most Israelis have about the American political system. The coverage also depends heavily on the quality of their DC correspondent. Most of them have been awful from Shmu Rosner to Chemi Shalev. But generally I’d say Haaretz readers have a decent idea of American politics from its coverage. Not terrific, but passable. The rest of Israeli media is shallow & awful on this subject.

      Adelson is quite possibly using Yisrael Hayom to influence Israeli coverage of Israeli affairs

      Gee, dya think? You think he spends $40-million a year to improve his golf game? He doesn’t “influence coverage of Israeli affairs,” he maintains the Likud’s grip on political power: a far more important proposition.

      As for Adelson’s influence on the pages of Israel HaYom…he is a hands-on manager in everything he does, whether it’s casinos or newspapers. He calls Amos Regev and probably dictates the size of the headline font. On a subject as important as covering Donald Trump, he certainly dictates the coverage.

      1. Coverage of The Donald is of extreme importance for Sheldon in the US (and assorted media holdings of his in the US)….. However I don’t see the importance of The Donald -in Israel- to Sheldon (or anyone else!) at the moment – Yisrael Hayom (as opposed to Haaretz) is seldom (or ever?) quoted abroad, and it’s influence is limited to the Israeli audience (reading material and as a wrapping for fish at the fish monger).

        I’m not sure Sheldon (or Mirriam) need to be so hands on in terms of Yisrael Hayom – they could just tell Regev to write whatever Bibi wants him to write (either by indirect assumption, communication via lackey/proxy, or direct contact) as long the Adelsons’ don’t instruct him otherwise. As long as they can change tack (to support someone else) – they don’t need to be anymore hands-on, though they could be.

      1. @ Jack Cohen: He’s gonna need them. He’s gonna eventually be sued by the Justice Department. Then there will be the suits from pro Palestine groups. Not to mention Steve Jacobs, which is proceeding quite well. They’ll get him eventually. Unless he dies first.

      2. @Jack Cohen:

        They’re not “idiotic” lawsuits. Sheldon Adelson is the idiot, and anyone who finds common cause with him is as malicious and stupid as the man himself.

        He’s a shriveled up old gnome. His moral bankruptcy and evil statements directed at Palestinians, Lebanese, Arabs and Iranians as general collectives show that he’s as ugly inside as he is on the outside.

        And you find common cause with such a person?

        1. Actually it’s been a bone of contention for some time between those who believe that Adelson is a gnome or some other sort of dwarf-like creature and those who assert that he’s nothing more than a piece of wax fruit that somone left out on a steam radiator.

          1. @Shoded:

            Whatever he is, I just want to see him flushed down the toilet or thrown in the garbage. Or sent back in four pieces to gnomeland.

            You know how it is.

  2. So Trump called Bernie Sanders a communist.

    The last time I heard that accusation in Australian elections was 1983 when the long post war reign of the conservatives (only interrupted for two years) finally came to an end. The conservative PM, Malcolm Fraser, hinted that his labor-opponents were communists and he linked that suggestion to the advice for people to hide their savings under their beds if labor came in. His opponent, Bob Hawke, reacted to that by saying “Under their beds? Isn’t that where the commies are?”

  3. Side comment – the commonplace use of the term “mythical” to describe someone in modern Israeli hebrew i sactually quite common and just means “person who held the post for many years” and not anything more then that. It’s also in wide use to describing ex-girl/boyfriends (with the meaning of the “person previously dated the longest”) so no need to make to much of a deal about the use of the term

  4. This is an excellent piece. The only thing I disagree with is that Trump can’t be bought. He claims to have a net worth of $10 billion; Forbes Magazine says $4 billion, others say much less. Adelson is worth close to $30 billion. I’m sure Trump would much prefer to have Adelson help fund his campaign than for him to shell out several hundred million dollars or more.

    I’m a Shmuley Boteach watcher, and a huge critic of “America’s Rabbi.” I’ve noticed that Boteach has been saying very kind things about The Donald in recent days, and very unkind things about those who compare Trump to Hitler. BTW, the comparison is more than apt.

    1. @ Dan Silagi: Keep in touch regarding Reb Shmuley. I’ve written many posts about him.

      Adelson has now overtly endorsed Trump. So of course Shmuley takes his marching order from Reb Sheldon. They’d “all in” on Trump. It’s ironic that Donald’s grandfather got his start in business as a glorified pimp, & Sheldon’s Macau hotels looked the other way at pimpery as well. Birds of a feather…

      1. Trump+ Richard Haass = Trump + CFR .= Trump + Rockefeller.

        Rockefeller+Adelson supporting Trump openly will open can of worms of epic proportions.

        Could be good ,could be bad.

        At least the masks are coming off.

  5. Boteach now has a Facebook post in which he decries Reform rabbis protesting at the upcoming AIPAC conference, saying “Who is worse, Hillary working to give Iran $100 billion which the Iranians will use to kill Jews, or Donald Trump?” Aside from the fact that Hillary has been out of the government for three years, and had little to do with the Iran deal, thus totally invalidating Boteach’s premise, the answer to this should be obvious.

  6. Australians can only watch helplessly while this whole thing plays out though their future is at stake as well. The US has some vital facilities on Australian soil and when it comes to a war in this region Australia has no hope in hell to stay out of it. Alas neither Trump nor Clinton look like candidates who will work for peace.

    I didn’t like Malcolm Fraser much (to put it mildly) when he was Australia’s Prime Minister but in retirement he turned out to be a remarkably decent human being who finally couldn’t stomach the policies of his own party anymore and gave up his membership. He was particularly upset by the cruel way in which Australia treats refugees (a policy in which labor has been complicit as well).

    Fraser (who was Jewish on his mother’s side though she was “only” Jewish on her father’s side) also reversed his stance on Israel dramatically. Isi Leibler had this to say about that in a piece that is remarkable for either its mendacity or its ignorance:

    “I retain fond memories of my genuinely warm association with Malcolm Fraser when he was prime minister and I headed the Australian Jewish community. Our relationship was based on shared values and my appreciation for his inestimable assistance on behalf of Soviet Jewry, ensuring that, while I was in Moscow, the Australian embassy provided support for my efforts on behalf of Jewish dissidents.
    I also recollect that in those days he was enthralled with Israel and he would spend hours discussing and enthusiastically lauding the achievements of the Jewish state.
    In Jewish mystical folklore we relate to a dybbuk – a malevolent spirit capable of dramatically transforming a person’s entire outlook. I am tempted to attribute Malcolm Fraser’s dramatic reversal of attitude to a dybbuk.”

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/israel-loses-an-old-friend-in-fraser-and-we-long-for-his-return-20111004-1l75t.html#ixzz43JAQbeUD

    No dybuk Mr. Leibler – for Fraser just a matter of getting to know the truth behind the lies (as happened with a former Dutch Prime Minister who is now a pro-Palestinian activist, Dries van Agt, as well).

    Fraser also reversed his stance on the alliance with the US which he had supported during the Vietnam War. He felt compelled to write a book about it with the tile Dangerous Allies.

    “He said although he had expected Australia to distance itself from the US after the Cold War, if anything we were closer to the superpower than ever before.
    “We’ve given more control over us to America than they would have had on earlier occasions,” Mr Fraser said.

    “The taskforce in Darwin, when fully equipped, it will be an immensely powerful taskforce capable of exercising force anywhere in the Pacific, and if the US wants to use that force they’re not going to ask first; we’ll read about it in the newspapers.”
    He said the changes at the Pine Gap satellite tracking station, which is in the Northern Territory and partly run by American agencies, were most concerning.
    “Because of changed weapons technology Pine Gap, with other facilities, is integral to the firing of a number of weapons systems,” Mr Fraser said.
    He said the increasing closeness of Australia and the US was not due to any one poilcy or government, but was instead an ongoing trend. “Ever since 1991 we’ve become closer. It’s partly been technology but also the policies of government,” he said.
    “I believed in the relationship during the Cold War but the contest has changed and we should recognise that.”

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/malcolm-fraser-calls-for-an-end-to-the-australianus-alliance-20140512-zragh.html#ixzz43JEp02UQ

    Fraser died a few years ago and it is unlikely that his later views on Israel and the US-alliance will influence Australian policy one way or the other. More’s the pity.

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