October 24, 2013
Appearing at the Yeshiva University in New York earlier this week, a prominent supporter of the GOP and backer of Mitt Romney during the last election cycle, Sheldon Adelson, said Obama should drop a nuke on Iran instead of negotiating with its new president, Hassan Rouhani.
“What are we going to negotiate about? I would say ‘Listen, you see that desert out there, I want to show you something,'” Adelson told the audience. “You pick up your cell phone and you call somewhere in Nebraska and you say, ‘OK let it go.’ And so there’s an atomic weapon, goes over ballistic missiles, the middle of the desert, that doesn’t hurt a soul. Maybe a couple of rattlesnakes, and scorpions, or whatever. Then you say, ‘See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So, we mean business. You want to be wiped out, go ahead and take a tough position and continue with your nuclear development. You want to be peaceful. Just reverse it all, and we will guarantee you that you can have a nuclear power plant for electricity purposes, energy purposes.’”
The audience responded with applause.
Adelson made his comments during a discussion with Shmuley Boteach as part of a dialogue on the survival of Israel with the prospect of an Iranian nuclear energy program.
Iran is party to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, an international agreement designed the prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
Israel has not signed the treaty and holds a policy of deliberate ambiguity in regard to its nuclear arsenal said to number between 75 and 200 nuclear warheads.