Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson offered Obama $1b to fund Israel’s Iron Dome
American casino mogul Sheldon Adelson made a secret offer to US President Barack Obama in 2013 to contribute a billion dollars to produce an Iron Dome anti-missile battery for Israel,Politico reported on Thursday.
Adelson reportedly contacted Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid after Congress passed a new bill funding Iron Dome and requested that he pass on a secret message to the White House with an offer of billion dollars from his own pocket.
“In 2013, Reid used his open channel to float a proposal—not made public until now—that stunned Obama and his staff,” reads the article. “Congress had just passed a funding bill for the joint Pentagon-Israel Iron Dome missile system when Reid fielded a phone call from Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas multibillionaire and GOP donor.
“Adelson made an offer: He would personally finance $1 billion for Iron Dome batteries, paid through the federal government, so committed was he to safeguarding the Jewish state,” the articled continued.
“Israeli soldiers patrol near an Iron Dome defence system in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on January 20, 2015”
Obama was thrown off his guard momentarily, according to the report. “What?!” he reportedly asked Reid.
The president eventually told Reid to thank Adelson
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