Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire premier Republican contributor and close friend of Israel, has some interesting advice – “Nuke Iran.” However, the way the casino mogul put it sound more like a harmless warning shot to the desert.
Adelson hopes the United States is prepared to stop Iran from creating an atom bomb, but if not, it’s time to nuke Tehran.
Speaking Tuesday at Yeshiva University in Israel, Adelson participated in a discussion called, "Will Jews Exist? - Iran, Assimilation and the Threat to Israel and Jewish Survival." He said there is no negotiating with Iran and “The country needs to know the United States has a zero-tolerance policy.”
The panel was hosted by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and included such luminaries as Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens and Yeshiva University President Richard Joel.
Adelson’s remarks created the most applause when he said the United States was showing weakness in its ongoing diplomatic efforts concerning economic sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic. He advised the U.S. to be clear about Iran and what the consequences of building a bomb would be.
"We mean business. You want to be wiped out? Go ahead and take a tough position and continue with nuclear development." He called the present negotiations as nothing more than “a game of chicken.”
Adelson, who is 80, is reportedly worth $28.5 billion. He is the single largest donor to the Republican Party, chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and numerous other holdings including an Israeli daily newspaper.
His comments were met with silence from the U.S. State Department.
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