Billionaire business magnate Sheldon Adelson is a rather paradoxical political donor. While he endorses liberal policies such as Obamacare and the pro-Dream Act, he has the habit of backing politicians that do not share his views at all.
Though he is a big supporter of the U.S.-Israel alliance, Adelson decided to endorse the probable Republican nominee Donald Trump who is fairly against the alliance. Moreover, Trump had criticized Adelson for pouring big money into Marco Rubio’s campaign to “mold him into his perfect little puppet” during the primaries.
In the meantime, Trump’s stances on various topics have greatly changed as he nears the general election, which is an endeavor that requires way too much money than he could ever fork out. Nevertheless, Trump didn’t change his position on the U.S.-Israel alliance, so Adelson had to change his even more.
During primaries, Trump said that he doesn’t plan to broker a lasting peace deal between Israel and Palestine as POTUS. He said that his friends who are much better negotiators than he is told him that a truce is not “doable.” He added that he would rather be a “sort of a neutral guy” when it comes to this matter.
Yet, Trump’s stance has changed several times ever since, sometimes simultaneously. For instance, while he was adopting a less neutral-guy-sort-of attitude at the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee’s gathering two moths ago, at the same time he told a major newspaper that he would definitely remain a “non-interventionist.”
On Thursday, Donald Trump visited former Secretary of State James Baker in an attempt to win him over. We don’t know Adelson’s feelings about the visit since Baker is a renowned non-interventionist.
About 36 years ago, Baker told the then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir and the members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that they should renounce their “unrealistic vision of a greater Israel.” He also recommended Israelis to treat their foes as “neighbors” entitled to political rights.
On Monday, Baker hasn’t changed his position. At the J Street’s fifth annual conference, he said that he feels disappointment towards the way peace negotiations have so far unfurled. He also expressed his belief that the two states now have even “slimmer” chances to reach a solution with Netanyahu’s recent election.
On the other hand, as of March 2010, Adelson seemed adamantine in his pro-Israeli views. Back then, he forced the New Jersey governor and Donald Trump endorser Chris Christie to apologize for saying that Palestine was an occupied territory. If he has changed his position since then remains to be seen.
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