Some more arithmetic on the one-person, one-vote presidential campaign:
While the Republican Party is doing its best to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of poor and minority voters in swing states, a single non-citizen named Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to wield outsize influence over the election results.
Tensions between the Obama administration and Israel’s prime minister have become a public rift, with Netanyahu saying the U.S. has no right to prevent Israel from using force to block the nuclear threat in Iran.
Speaking in English at a news conference in Jerusalem, he said: “The world tells Israel ‘Wait, there’s still time.’ And I say, ‘Wait for what? Wait until when?’”
Obama called Netanyahu on Tuesday, and the White House tried to downplay reports of disagreements between the two men.
Mitt Romney, meanwhile, has accused Obama of going easy on Iran and damaging the U.S. relationship with Israel.
Much has been made of Romney’s long-time ties to Netanyahu. Earlier in their careers, the two men worked as advisers with Boston Consulting Group.
But a more important connection is the three-way linking Netanyahu, Romney and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, the biggest contributor to the 2012 campaign.
Adelson supported Newt Gingrich during the primaries, mainly because of his pro-Israel stance, and has since switched allegiance to Romney, pledging to spend $100 million to defeat Obama.
Adelson is also a big donor to organizations working to strengthen U.S.-Israeli friendship, and is the owner of Israel Hayom, an Israeli newspaper that frequently supports Netanyahu.
Israel isn’t his sole concern in the U.S. election, however.
Obama has called for a tax on the foreign earnings of U.S. corporations. Ninety percent of the revenues of Adelson’s company, the Las Vegas Sands, come from holdings in Macau and Singapore.