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October 26, 2013 10:35 pm

Adelson Spokesman Says Nuke Iran Comment Was ‘Hyperbole’ (VIDEO)

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From left: Richard Joel, Brett Stephens, Shmuley Boteach and Sheldon Adelson. Photo: Ian Sterling.

A spokesman for casino magnate, Sheldon Adelson, said in an email to reporters that a suggestion made by the billionaire last week, that the U.S. should drop a nuclear bomb on Iran, was intended as “hyperbole.”

“As one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs, Mr. Adelson was using hyperbole to make a point that — based on his nearly seven decades of experience negotiating business deals — actions speak louder than words,” he said.

Adelson made headlines with his comment about Iran at a discussion forum at Yeshiva University, hosted by The Values Network. Describing the approach he would recommend for dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat he said, “What I would say, you pick up your cellphone […] and you call somewhere in Nebraska and you say, okay, let it go, so there is an atomic weapon that goes over, a ballistic missile, in the middle of the desert that doesn’t hurt a soul…”

“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’,” he continued.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the event’s moderator, also provided his understanding of Adelson’s comments. “When I heard Sheldon make his remark, my initial thought was that his purpose was to goad his more liberal critics into attacking the policy so that their double standards on nuclear threats against Israel could be exposed,” said Boteach.

Watch a video of Adelson’s comments about Iran below:

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  • Sandy Brown

    Iran is always saying it will nuke Israel out of existence. So I just think well in that case Israel could do the same if it felt like it. Because the Iranians are also Holocaust Deniers. I have no time for their nonsense, their venom, their hatred, their revenge!

  • Efram Paul

    I understand where he is coming from, and he is right that the only thing Iran’s leaders will understand and respect is power. But talking never hurt, at least as long as sanctions are not reduced, pressure is not reduced. Until Iran opens up all of its nuclear facilities, and agrees to destroy the enrichment sites and all of its enriched fuel, under international supervision, the easing of sanctions should not even be considered. Iran must be stopped, not just for today, but for the future.

  • `Bob J

    Adelson did not say to nuke Iran. He said to nuke the Iranian desert.
    His camp should take on the media who misreported his remarks and not try to explain them away. This sets a bad precedent for Adelson’s credibility, as a strong spokesman for Israel.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Does POWER speak louder than duly elected governmental representative positions? I would ask Rabbi Boteach whether an interview with Mr. Adelson is helpful in solving the evident threat that Iran poses to the world. With all due respect to Rabbi Boteach and to Mr. Edelson and with respect for freedom of speech in these United States, should the clergy and the rich impose their wishes and desire on those duly elected officials making the decisions on US policy toward the Iranian regime? Is any decision regarding Iran’s nuclear capacity political? Isn’t such a decision moral, ethical, and pragmatic? I would hope that any decision vis-a-vis Iran’s nuclear capacity and its obstensive public show of thousands of operating centrifuges preparing fissionable plutonium in underground bunkers be based on moral, ethical pragmatic empirical evidence and the probable consequences of an Iran, a rogue terror-sponsoring regime, with nuclear weaponry.

    • Mel

      Born in and educated near New York City (before public education became Marxist indoctrination) I may be more familiar with the constitutional requirements of the Republic of the United States of America than Mr. Netzarim, whose name (to this political, would-be oleh) seems distinctly sabra.

      Unlike Bibi, Obama’s desire for unilateral authority to make (or refuse to make) war on Iran (or anyone else, including Israel) could get him summarily fired.

      The Constitution of the United States specifically restricts warmaking decisions to the Congress. Nor does it provide any branch of government the power to delegate any of its responsibilities to any other branch of government. Essentially a contract of employment between the Citizens of the United States and their government employees, and by its binding authority as the Supreme Law of the Land, violations of the Constitution by ANY branch of government constitute treasonous overthrow of our government.

      Our Declaration of Independence states:

      “Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government.”


    Adelson should stick to gambling with money and not with the future of humanity. Las Vegas is his homeland, the casino his temple.