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Miriam Adelson Pledges $100 Million for Trump's Campaign Seeking the Annexation of the West Bank

• NY Mag and the Jewish Forward

The New York Magazine wrote that in return for her financial support, she will expect unconditional support for the Israel-Hamas war and the annexation of the occupied West Bank. Her influence "is not just unpopular — it's illegal under international law."
In 2016, Miriam and Sheldon donated $25 million to Trump's super-PACs, enabling them to mold Trump's Israel policy, which appears to be a pay-to-play scheme to benefit a foreign country. While in office, Trump served the couple's interests by moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem (a slight to Palestinians, who consider Jerusalem their capital as well) and the US officially recognized Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights territory — which the United Nations has condemned as illegal under international law. 

A critic said that she is keeping tight reins on the funds because Trump said that he wanted peace in Israel and Gaza and wanted the war finished. Will Trump change his stance and plunge US involvement deeper into a foreign war?

The article listed other Jewish billionaires shaping US politics that includes: Jeffrey Yass, Paul Singer, Jan Koum, and Bernie Marcus. 

Miriam Adelson often tells a story from her childhood: Around 1950, when she was 4 or 5 years old and the state of Israel itself was one or two, she wanted to dress up for Purim as Queen Esther. Esther, the Tanakh tells us, was a beautiful Jewish woman who married gentile King Ahasuerus. She used her bravery, smarts, and station to thwart a plot to slaughter the Jews. But Miriam didn't get to be Esther. Her family, like most Israeli families at the time, had no money. Her mother dressed her up in her older brother's clothes instead.