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Adelson’s Legacy: Israeli Democracy Can Easily Be Bought

U.S. megadonor Sheldon Adelson wasn’t the first foreign businessman to corrupt Israeli politics, but he set a whole new standard

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
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Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

Casino owner Sheldon Adelson, who died on Monday in Las Vegas at 87, once said publicly in an event chaired by sex-manual writer Shmuel Boteach that “I don’t think the Bible says anything about democracy.” And that God “didn’t talk about Israel remaining as a democratic state. Israel isn’t going to be a democratic state – so what?”