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Adelson's paper declares: 'America chose socialism'

Mr. Adelson, a friend and supporter of Prime Minister Netanyahu, poured almost 100 million dollars into six Republican campaigns, but saw only one of his candidates win.

Sore losers: Israel Hayom, the free daily paper owned and published by American gambling billionaire Sheldon Adelson, didn’t try to hide its disappointment over the results of the U.S. elections.

This morning, a large headline in the news section declared that “America chose socialism.” The sub-headline reads: “Obama’s second term in the White House could lead to a greater economic crisis than that of 2008.”

Early this week, articles in Israel Hayom were still reporting on optimism from within the Romney camp. On Tuesday, an article in the news section quoted Mr. and Mrs. Adelson’s op-eds, which urged voters to support the GOP ticket.

A couple of weeks ago, Israel Hayom ran a chapter from Dinesh D’Souza’s “The Roots of Obama’s Rage”; the lede to the story declared that Obama’s “spiritual fathers” are an anti-Israeli and a terrorist. The book was also mentioned in the profile of Obama the paper ran on elections day, while the profile of Mitt Romney was entirely positive.

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Sheldon Adelson was one of the largest contributors to Romney’s campaign, as well as to five other Rebublican candidates. Among them was Florida Rep. Allen West, whose Super PAC got $1.5 million from the gambling billionaire. All of Mr. Adelson’s candidates except for incumbent Senator Dean Heller (NV) lost (West is probably heading to a re-count). Altogether, Adelson spent $100 million on the 2012 elections.

Israel Hayom was launched by Sheldon Adelson in 2007. The paper is distributed for free, at considerable loss. In the last couple of years, it has become the most widely read paper in Israel. Israel Hayom takes an active pro-Netanayhu line. Last year, it was revealed that a senior political pundit for the paper, Dror Eydar, is on the Prime Minister’s Office payroll.

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    1. Paul

      It’s funny because he’s using socialism like it’s a bad word in the country that founded the kibbutz movement. Wrong country Sheldon.

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    2. Hobbs Jones

      Ah,Sheldon…about those investigations…maybe Israel Hayom should consider writing a retraction and congratulatory endorsement for Obama?

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    3. sh

      The country has completely forgotten its own socialist beginnings, Paul. Only a seasoned sleuth can still detect that it ever lived here.

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    4. The Israel Lands Administration manages about 93% of all the land in Israel. Isn’t that Jews-only socialism? What is Adelson complaining about?

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    5. leen

      So did we already establish that Israel Hayom is pretty much a propaganda newspaper?

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    6. aristeides

      One thing Americans can be grateful for is that Adelson tends to concentrate his corrupting influence in a foreign country.

      As reported here earlier, US expats in Israel may have fallen for it for his line of bull, but US Jews overwhelmingly did not.

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    7. Khaled Khalid

      America Chose Socialism?? As opposed to what? ….Israel chosing Sheldon Adelson’s Fascism?

      Adelson clearly sees himself as a King of Israel and America.

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    8. Danny

      Sheldon Adelson is warped little man, who, from the top floor of his casino, watches over his kingdom like a would-be God. Truly living inside a bubble, and disconnected from reality. Also has a prostitution ring operating out of his Macau casino. The sooner he expires the better for Israel and Jews in general.

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      • Yonatan

        Adelson spent $100 million dollars trying to buy a US president. In an interview after the election, he was asked how he thought his money was spent.

        Adelson said: “By paying bills. That’s how you spend money. Either that or become a Jewish husband, you spend a lot of money.”

        Hello!? Is anyone at home?

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        • Piotr Berman

          To find real anti-Semitic stereotypes, you can read transcript from Knesset. MK Yulia Shamalov-Berkovich http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=204482

          “No one trusts anyone, and it’s clear why, it’s because we’re a Jewish state and Jews are shady and remained shady. They came to Israel and forgot that this is our trait, and kept tricking each other, …”

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          • andrew r

            There’s nothing new here. Zionist antisemitism is as old as Herzl’s letter to Otto von Bismarck.

            “Just try to rescind the legal equality of the Jews. (Only their legal equality exists, anyway. What a misunderstood doctrine for the men from the beerhall!) What would be the consequences of that? Immediately all Jews, not only the poor ones as hitherto, but the rich ones as well, would join the Socialist Party with all their resources. They would plunge to their moneybags the way a Roman plunged unto his sword.”

            -Herzl Complete Diaries vol. I p. 121

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    9. Piotr Berman

      Given that America chose socialism and [what is Hebrew for Vox populi vox Dei?] it is time for a sober assessment of Israeli future.

      One possible direction is to adopt socialism in Israel, or at least something vaguely similar. That would restore the harmony with Israel’s most importan ally. But it would not solve the problem of impending economic doom.

      Yet, as Adelson should know from his Macau experience, Communist China is doing OK. Perhaps the solution is to move an extra step from Socialism (or something vaguely similar)?

      Another solution is to forge new alliances with economically ascending countries like China and Belorus, something that Foreign Minister is already doing. Like the Foreign Minister I have also visited Belorus (if only for few hours) and I was impressed with the signs of economic well-being (nice train station in Orsha, with a very cute ceiling mural of Lenin exhorting the masses).

      Going that route would solve a lot of problems for Israel. Consider the problem of refugees from “bad countries” who cannot be forcibly returned there on the account of bad regimes. Alliance with China would probably entail recognition of Eritrea and Sudan as “good regimes”. (By the way, Eritreans complain on forced multi-year military service, is it really bad? Israel can return the deserters, offer expertise and aid to improve the camps at Dahlak islands and so on.)

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    10. Mareli


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    11. Vadim

      Since it turns out the real name of Yisrael Hayom is “Adelson’s paper”, I propose to call HaAretz “Shoken’s paper”, Yediot shall be “Mozes paper” and Maariv can be called “Discount Bank paper”.

      This is folly of course, since all of these people have no interests and only keep newspapers to spread the truth. Except Adelson that is…

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