Sheldon Adelson, a right-wing casino mogul and a major contributor to both Trump and Netanyahu, has reportedly offered to cover at least part of the cost of the new US embassy building in Jerusalem.
Sheldon Adelson Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90
The White House is considering an offer from casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, a major contributor to Republicans and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to help fund the construction of the new US embassy building in Jerusalem, the Associated Press has reported.
According to the report, the unusual offer came shortly after US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December. It did not include an exact amount of money. One of the Trump administration officials that spoke with AP said Adelson offered to pay the difference between the total cost – which could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars – and what the administration is able to raise.
US State Department lawyers are reportedly looking into the legality of accepting private donations to cover some of the costs for the relocation of the embassy. Trump administration officials told AP that the issue is being debated in lengthy discussions.
One scenario that is reportedly being considered is for the administration to collect donations from other evangelical and Jewish donors, in addition to Adelson.
Adelson is also the owner of the popular Israeli daily Israel Hayom, which is widely considered as biased in favor of Netanyahu.