Newt Gingrich - Reuters - 7.12.2011
Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich at the Republican Jewish Coalition's Republican Presidential Candidates Forum in Washington December 7, 2011. Photo by Reuters
Text size

In the battle for the Republican pro-Israel vote, Newt Gingrich lacks Mitt Romney’s broad base of prominent Jewish donors. But he has something potentially more powerful: the support of one of Benjamin Netanyahu’s most significant American backers, and a relationship with the Israeli prime minister himself that stretches back decades.

Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, one of the wealthiest men in the world and a major donor to Jewish and conservative causes, is widely known as a Netanyahu stalwart. Less well known are his equally close ties to Gingrich, to whom he has been a major giver in recent years.

Read more at the Forward.