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Sheldon and Miriam Adelson apparently helped to “buy” the move of the US Embassy to Jersusalem for at least $20 million in campaign donations to Trump, and $5 million to the Trump inaugural committee. This money probably helped toward the “Presidential Medal of Freedom“, as well.
The Embassy move was specifically mentioned by Trump, as part of the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony. The reason that the Embassy move is contentious is that Jerusalem is important to both Palestinians and Israelis, and, thus, in 1947 the UN mandated “the creation of independent Arab and Jewish States and a Special International Regime for the city of Jerusalem.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Partition_Plan_for_Palestine
They are also supporters of Trump’s longtime friend Netanyahu.
Sheldon Adelson owns the Las Vegas Venetian Hotel-Casino Resort, where NY AG Schneiderman accuser Michelle Manning Barish’s ex-husband, and father to her child, opened a restaurant with Trump’s former cook: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/ny-ag-schneiderman-accuser-michelle-manning-barish-linked-to-trump-and-trump-mega-donor-sheldon-adelson
Len Blavatnik (Access Industries), Sheldon Adelson (Trump mega-donor), Lev Leviev were sued re Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. See: http://www.martinmcmahonlaw.com/Tamimi_Complaint.pdf
Leviev and Blavatnik, both Russian oligarchs, are connected to Chabad Lubavitch of which Ivanka and Jared are members. Adelson has also donated to Chabad.
It’s hard to top the $20 million given by the Adelsons to help get Trump elected. They are behind the US moving its Embassy to Jerusalem, and almost certainly behind the cancellation of the Iran deal. Sheldon Adelson is the owner of the Venetian Hotel Casino-Las Vegas Sands Corporation. He bought the original Sands Hotel and Casino (later destroyed and a new one built) which was, at one time, partially owned by mobster Meyer Lansky. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meyer_Lansky https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sands_Hotel_and_Casino https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheldon_Adelson
At the dedication of the new US Embassy in Israel were Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Trump mega-donors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, and some Republican Members of Congress, etc. See: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/14/610944471/u-s-dedicates-new-embassy-in-jerusalem
Excerpted from “Remarks by President Trump at Presentation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Issued on: November 16, 2018
East Room 1:37 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Please. It’s a great honor. Melania and I are thrilled to welcome you to the White House as we honor the recipients of our nation’s highest civilian honor: the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Something very, very special…
And for five decades — I have to say — the Presidential Medal of Freedom has been given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to American life and culture…
Our next Medal of Freedom recipient is a renowned philanthropist, somebody who has worked so hard. Doesn’t have to do it, but she does. Twenty-four hours a day, this is what she does. Miriam Adelson.
A medical doctor, Miriam has dedicated her life to fighting addiction — something we’re all becoming all too familiar with. Through decades of innovative research, philanthropy, and treatment, Miriam has helped thousands break free from their addiction to drugs and to alcohol.
In 2006, Miriam and her husband Sheldon, who is with us today — thank you, Sheldon — established the Adelson Medical Research Foundation to prevent, reduce, or eliminate life-threatening diseases.
To protect the sacred heritage of the Jewish faith, Miriam and Sheldon have supported Jewish schools, Holocaust Memorial organizations, and helped Jewish Americans visit the Holy Land. Miriam, I want to thank you very much for saving so many lives and helping so many people to get back to a normal way of life. You’ve been incredible. I know the work you’ve done. And you have been truly incredible.
Here to celebrate Miriam’s award is Sheldon. Where is Sheldon? Where is Sheldon? Where is he? There he is. Oh, why — you didn’t make the front row. He’s probably angry. (Laughter.) Thank you, Sheldon. And their children, Sivan, Yasmin, Adam, and Matan, as well as their son-in-law Patrick. Thank you all for being here. Please stand up. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Congratulations. Congratulations.
And they were very happy to see the embassy move to Jerusalem. They were very happy about that. So congratulations on that also. They fought very hard for that. (Applause.) Capital of Israel…
And I’d like to now ask the military aide to come forward and read the citations for each recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Thank you…
Dr. Miriam Adelson. Miriam Adelson is a committed doctor, philanthropist, and humanitarian. She has practiced internal and emergency medicine, studied and specialized in the disease of narcotic addiction, and founded two research centers committed to fighting substance abuse. She and her husband Sheldon also established the Adelson Medical Research Foundation, which supports research to prevent, reduce, or eliminate disabling and life-threatening illness. As a committed member of the American Jewish community, she has supported Jewish schools, Holocaust memorial organizations, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, and Birthright Israel, among other causes. The United States is proud to recognize Dr. Adelson for an incredible career and record of service to her community and the country. (Applause.)…” https://www.whitehouse. gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-presentation-presidential-medal-freedom
“The United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine was a proposal by the United Nations, which recommended a partition of Mandatory Palestine at the end of the British Mandate. On 29 November 1947, the UN General Assembly adopted the Plan as Resolution 181 (II). The resolution recommended the creation of independent Arab and Jewish States and a Special International Regime for the city of Jerusalem… The Plan also called for Economic Union between the proposed states, and for the protection of religious and minority rights….” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Partition_Plan_for_Palestine
“Deadly Protests Engulf Gaza as US Opens Embassy in Jerusalem
May 15, 2018 2:28 AM, VOA News
More protests are expected Tuesday along the Gaza border following a day of clashes in which Israeli forces killed at least 58 Palestinians and wounded more than 2,700.
Monday was the deadliest day of cross-border violence in Gaza since a 2014 war with Israel.
The clashes happened as U.S. and Israeli officials celebrated the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem less than 100 kilometers away. The Israeli military said more than 40,000 people protested.
Along with rejecting the U.S. Embassy move, Palestinians are also protesting to mark the anniversary of what they call the “nakba” or “catastrophe” in reference to the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were expelled or fled during the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s creation.
Some countries, including U.S. allies France and Britain, called for restraint on Israel’s part to curb the bloodshed. But the U.S. did not join the call for Israel to limit its response to the protests and laid the blame for the violence on the militant group Hamas that controls Gaza.
“We shouldn’t lose sight that Hamas is responsible for the entire situation,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said. He accused Hamas of “engaging in cynical action” to promote the protests against the Jewish state and the U.S.’s action in moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem even as most countries have kept their diplomatic operations in Tel Aviv.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the Israeli actions “massacres.”
As the U.S. embassy was opened, U.S. President Donald Trump, in a video message, proclaimed Jerusalem as “the capital of Israel.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared, “We are in Jerusalem and we are here to stay.”
Shah said the Gaza violence and the opening of the embassy in would not affect U.S. efforts to forge an Israel-Palestinian peace accord.
But any semblance of peace was far from a reality along the Gaza border, where protesters massed along the dividing fence. Clouds of black smoke from tires set afire by the protesters filled the sky.
Some demonstrators hurled stones, firebombs and explosives at Israeli security forces, who responded with tear gas and gunfire.
Netanyahu said on Twitter: “Every country has an obligation to defend its borders. The Hamas terrorist organization declares it intends to destroy Israel and sends thousands to breach the border fence in order to achieve this goal. We will continue to act with determination to protect our sovereignty and citizens.”
Trump defied the sentiment of many governments around the world in December by upending longstanding U.S. policy to move the American embassy to Jerusalem.
Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a White House adviser and part of the U.S. delegation at the ceremony, said, “While presidents before him have backed down from their pledge to move the American embassy once in office, this president delivered. Because when President Trump makes a promise, he keeps it.”
In one of the few references at the celebration to the Gaza protests, Kushner called the Palestinians protesting in Gaza “part of the problem and not part of the solution.”
In his video remarks, Trump described the moving of the American diplomatic outpost to Jerusalem as “a long time coming.” But the U.S. leader said the United States “remains committed to a lasting peace agreement” between Israel and the Palestinians.
In Twitter remarks from Washington, Trump said, “A great day for Israel!” and congratulated the country. But he did not mention the violence.
Arab leaders condemned the U.S. action, with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri calling the embassy move “provocative” and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif describing it as “a day of great shame.”
Abbas said he “will not accept” any peace deal with Israel that is proposed by the Trump administration. He said the new U.S. facility in Jerusalem “is not an embassy, it’s a U.S. settlement outpost in Jerusalem.”
Critics have faulted Israeli forces for using live fire during weeks of protests in Gaza, while Israel says its actions are necessary for security as people threaten the border fence. The Israeli military said it launched five airstrikes in Gaza on training camps of Hamas militants.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called on Israel to respect the “principle of proportionality in the use of force” and should act “with utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life.”
The new U.S. Embassy site is an interim location operating inside the existing U.S. consulate building in Jerusalem while a search begins for a larger site.
Israel sees all of Jerusalem as its capital, while most Palestinians hope to see East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
The issue has long been seen as one of the last big items that would need to be resolved in any Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
Heather Murdock contributed to this report.”