‘Richest Jew In World’ Behind GOP ‘Iran Deal’ Attack Ads — Says We Need To Nuke Iran (VIDEO)

Sheldon Adelson, the 20th richest person in the world (and self-proclaimed ‘”Richest Jew in the World,” as he often calls himself) has a lot of money. There’s no question about that. With around $28 billion attached to his name, he’s not afraid to spend it. It’s estimated that he has lost nearly $3 million a month giving out free newspapers in Israel just so the public will side with his way of thinking. The Israel Hayom, which he personally owns, is the country’s largest in circulation, and widely credited with Netanyahu winning his re-election bid. He and Netanyahu are personal friends. They dine together. When Netanyahu gives a speech, Sheldon has a front row seat. He’s his biggest fan. Not so much the case with Obama, however, who he views as anti-Israel. In the 2012 election alone, it’s said that he spent anywhere between $100-$150 million trying to defeat President Obama. It’s a good thing he wasn’t able to buy that election, entirely that is.

Sheldon Adelson is doing the same thing now with the Iran Deal. It’s reported that so far he’s dished out $30 million of his own money to oppose the deal in any form. When he wants his way, he does anything in his power to get it. Every Republican vying for his cash has to be willing to lean to the right on Israel-related issues to make him happy. That’s because Sheldon’s primary concern is the state of Israel. That’s his passion. If it were puppy dogs, you’d see a tremendous amount of support from Republican candidates professing that they were pro-Yorkshire Terrier, or whatever type of dog was his favorite that particular day.

Every election cycle the billionaire fat-cat holds a “Sheldon primary,” where Republican candidates running for president fly out to his Venetian Casino in Las Vegas (one of his many) to cozy up to him in person. It’s more important than the Republican primary even because a lack of campaign funds early on in a presidential contest can spell disaster for a candidate well in advance of anyone actually getting a chance to vote.

Because of this, various Republican candidates including Bush, Rubio, Walker and Ted Cruz, and basically everyone else, are always trying to curry favor with him. This is why Republican’s are so pro-Israel. Adelson, whose wife is Jewish, is one of the main reasons he has become so fond of Israel over the years. If a candidate says anything that seems remotely anti-Israel, they run the chance of instantly losing favor and all the money that comes with it.

Candidates know this, too.

Remember that time Jeb was at a luncheon in New York and word got out that he said his top political adviser was his brother, George W. Bush? His campaign was trying to distance themselves from his brother’s policies and past mistakes at a time when the public hadn’t completely warmed up to the idea that another Bush would be running for office. It was a complete national joke. Well, Jeb did that on purpose, even though he didn’t really even want to. He was on the outs with Sheldon for not telling James Baker, the former secretary of State to Bush’s father, to not give the keynote address at an annual conference of J Street, whom Sheldon didn’t agree with. Jeb reportedly told Sheldon no, which caused Sheldon to say “Jeb is dead to me.”

Well, that was then, and things have since changed. Jeb worked hard to win Sheldon’s affection back. George W. Bush even painted him a lovely portrait and lobbied on Jeb’s behalf. It was the statement “my brother is my top political adviser” that went a long ways to keeping Jeb Bush in Sheldon’s favor. That could change, but you don’t want Sheldon Adelson getting mad at you and spending $100 million in attack ads. No candidate wants that. That is why they all pay their dues and watch what they say. If Sheldon says jump, they jump.

Some candidates are more controllable than others. Marco Rubio is said to call every other week and say things like “Hey, did you see this speech? Did you see my floor statement on Iran? What do you think I should do on this issue?” says one person close to the billionaire.

All this is particularly scary because Sheldon isn’t exactly the brightest bulb in the pack. He honestly thinks that in order to stop Iran from getting a nuclear bomb we need to nuke them and nuke them now. You would think this would be something a crazy person would say. Anyone who honestly thinks that is not only crazy but incredibly stupid. This is proof that business acumen or luck in finances doesn’t always translate to political know-how. When asked how he would deal with the Iran negotiation process, here is what the world’s 20th richest person had to say:

“What are we going to negotiate about? I would say ‘Listen, you see that desert out there, I want to show you something…’ You pick up your cell phone and you call somewhere in Nebraska and you say, ‘OK let it go.’ And so there’s an atomic weapon, goes over ballistic missiles, the middle of the desert, that doesn’t hurt a soul. Maybe a couple of rattlesnakes, and scorpions, or whatever. Then you say, ‘See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So, we mean business. You want to be wiped out? Go ahead and take a tough position and continue with your nuclear development. You want to be peaceful? Just reverse it all,  and we will guarantee you that you can have a nuclear power plant for electricity purposes, energy purposes.’”

Sheldon is one of the Republican Party’s biggest sugar daddies, right next to the Koch brothers. He’s the main reason Israel is such a taboo subject. The fact that he says “Let’s nuke Iran” so casually tells you everything you need to know, not only about him, but about the Republican Party and our rigged election process.

Watch him say we need to fire a nuclear weapon at Iran:

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