One of the few and unfortunate consistencies in life is unrest in the Middle East. An Israeli-American media decided to speak out against what he sees as another one of many episodes of American politicians doing the wrong thing.
Haim Saban slammed Democratic senators who signed on to a letter organized by former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that calls on the U.S. to “act urgently in order to help relieve the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.”
Twelve Democratic senators and Sanders, an independent who ran for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 2016, signed the letter dated May 11 that was sent to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. It also said the Trump administration should encourage Israel to ease restrictions on Gaza, Arutz Sheva reports.
The Intercept reported Wednesday that Saban emailed six of the senators, along with a handful of staffers for others, to express his “dismay” over the letter and their support of it.
More than 100 Gazans have been killed by Israelis soldiers in the two months of protests, many of whom are members of the Hamas terrorist group. These deaths come as a part of the protests and riots happening at the Israeli border, providing the backdrop for the Sanders letter.
“Senators, for you to listen to Senator Sanders and accuse Israel of being the main culprit is outrageous, misinformed, offensive and shows a lack of understanding of the region’s basic fundamentals,” Saban wrote in the email. “Do your homework, unless you have chosen to blindly follow Senator Sanders’ ill advised, misinformed, simplistic, and ignorant lead,” Saban added.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that Saban, 73, has poured millions into Democratic politics over the years, including $15 million to Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign. He also donates to causes related to Israel, including the annual Saban Forum on Israel, which brings together political leaders from the United States and Israel to debate topics related to the Jewish state, and the Israeli-American Council.
The Intercept reports that Saban’s probably most well-known for his hawkish pro-Israel causes. “I’m a one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel,” he told the New Yorker in 2010. The Intercept goes on to report that Saban was one of the first people to push back against progressive Rep. Keith Ellison when he ran to be the Democratic National Chairman, a position that eventually went to former Obama administration Labor Secretary Tom Perez. He called the Muslim Minnesota Democrat, who has the support of Sanders, an “anti-Semite and anti-Israel individual.”