A new investigation reveals that 19 of the Israeli premier’s wealthiest American donors have also given money to the US presidential candidate Mitt Romney or to his Republican Party.
The investigation carried out by the Israeli Ha’aretz newspaper, found that 37 of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 46 donors during his battle for the leadership of his Likud party in January were Americans and nearly half of those contributed either to the Republicans or to Romney.
Showing that Netanyahu’s donor list does not include a single Democrat, the investigation asserts the premier’s distance from Democratic American Jews. This is while many in the US President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party have criticized the Israeli premier for meddling in the US election and siding with the Republican candidate, an accusation that Netanyahu denies publicly.
Netanyahu’s most well-known American supporter is casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who has also promised to spend up to $100 million to elect Romney. Adelson also finances the right-wing pro-Netanyahu daily, Hayom. Also among Netanyahu’s biggest donors was Ronald Plotkin, CEO of the Internet-based employment agency, Monster Worldwide.
Netanyahu and Romney have more in common than just their financial supporters. Long-time acquaintances from their shared past work at Boston Consulting Group in the 1970s also see eye to eye on many issues, including the Middle East.
The former governor of Massachusetts will challenge Obama in the election of November 6, 2012.
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