A pro-Israel activist says America has lost one of the truly great supporters of the U.S.-Israel alliance.
Sheldon Adelson, who passed away on January 11 at age 87, was one of richest men in the United States – ranked by Forbes at #19 in 2020 with an estimated worth of almost $30 billion. The casino mogul was a heavy contributor to Republican candidates, including President Donald Trump and was also a backer of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Gary Bauer, chairman of the Campaign for Working Families, was appointed by President Trump to serve on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He says Adelson was not like other billionaires he has met.
"Sheldon Adelson was a billionaire who was one of the finest men I know," Bauer tells One News Now. "He was deeply committed to the nation of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people [and] he was a strong advocate for a strong U.S.-Israel alliance. He saw, as I do, Israel and the United States as the two pillars of Judeo-Christian civilization."
And Bauer says Adelson was a tremendous supporter of Christians United for Israel, a large pro-Israel organization with which Bauer has long been associated.
But Bauer expects Adelson's fight for freedom will carry on. "I am heartened by the fact that Mrs. Adelson, who has been by his side for all these years, is arguably even more conservative than Sheldon was – and will remain involved in the great cause of the defense of Western Civilization."
Sheldon Adelson was buried Friday in Jerusalem in a private service at a centuries-old Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.
In photo above, Sheldon Adelson (with his wife Miriam) waits for the arrival of President Donald Trump at a campaign rally at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas on February 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)