Within the space of 10 days the United States and Israel parted from two of the personalities who sought to reshape the politics of the two countries: Donald Trump and Sheldon Adelson. While commentators in America are pondering whether Trumpism will remain after the president’s departure from the White House, and are wondering whether it constitutes a deep social phenomenon or is perhaps only an embarrassing anecdote – the columns dealing with Adelson have portrayed him as a one-time phenomenon. They showcase the personal story of someone who started out from zero, fulfilled the American dream, became a kingmaker and re-shaper of kingdoms. But Adelson did not spring from nothing, and his death should be a springboard for examining the phenomenon he represents and the threat it poses to democracies.
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