Billionaire donors Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban usually find themselves on opposite sides of political campaigns, but found common ground on Sunday in supporting Israel and opposing Iran.
Appearing jointly at the Israeli-American Council’s first national conference in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Adelson, a Republican, said both parties are united on supporting Israel.
"Everyone in this room — whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat or Independent … when it comes to Israel, we’re on the same side," JNS.org reported
Adelson as saying.
Adelson commented on the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 powers, which include the United States, saying "I wouldn’t just talk, I would take action. Not taking action is too costly."
He said Iran's fundamentalist Muslims have been told to "wipe out all infidels" and "wiping out the Jews would be a down payment on that."
Saban agreed, The Jerusalem Post reported
, saying, "Take military action, but only after all options have been exhausted. A stick and a carrot yes – but we’ve shown too many carrots and a small stick."
After all other methods were exhausted, Saban admitted, "I would bomb the living daylights out of the sons of *******."
The two spoke before a group of about 700 with former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman in attendance. They urged all potential 2016 candidates to support America's closest ally, Israel.
Saban told The Washington Post
that President Barack Obama's relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "like oil and water."
Though that has led to a perception that Obama has not been a friend to Israel, Saban said "there’s never been this level of cooperation with any previous president."
Adelson and Saban found another area of agreement during the meeting. The pair said they would have no problem teaming up to buy The New York Times from the Sulzberger family because of what they termed the newspaper's bias against Israel.
The discussion started when Saban lamented not buying The Washington Post after he saw that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos got it for only $250 million, a figure Saban termed "bupkis."
Adelson then challenged Saban to join him in an effort to buy the Times. Saban said he had considered it, but that the Sulzbergers are in no mood to sell.
But Adelson was undeterred, reports IsraelUSA.net
"You pay significantly more than it’s worth, then the non-family shareholders have the right to bring a suit between the real value and what’s been offered," Adelson said. "There’s only one way to buy it: money ... but it’s not going to be one of those deals where I put up 10 times more than you."
IsraelUSA.net reported that the conversation sounded serious. Adelson already owns Israel's largest newspaper, Israel Hayom, and Saban has tried unsuccessfully to buy media outlets in the past.
The Daily Beast's Eli Lake wasn't happy
with the prospect of the two billionaires purchasing the Times, writing, "Imagine a world where The New York Times stopped writing in favor of the two state solution and urged the president at every chance to bomb Iran already."
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