Anti-Defamation chief Abraham Foxman thought casino owner Sheldon Adelson’s dismissive remarks about the future of democracy in Israel were “disturbing, ” as reported by the Forward.
At the Israel American Council, Adelson said, “God talked about all the good things in life. He didn’t talk about Israel remaining a democratic state, otherwise Israel is not going to be a democratic state… so what?”
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Foxman wrote in a statement to the Forward, “Sheldon Adelson’s comments suggesting that it’s not important that Israel remain a democracy is disturbing on many levels. In fact, the founders of Israel got it exactly right when they emphasized the country’s being both Jewish and a democratic state. Any initiative that would move Israel away from either value would ill-serve the state and people of Israel.”