Alana Goodman over at Contentions reports:
One of the most important Democratic donors in the past two decades, whose generous contributions helped pay for the DNC headquarters in Washington, D.C., has indicated that he will not contribute to President Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012, because of the administration’s stance on Israel.
Billionaire financier Haim Saban told CNBC last night that Obama hasn’t done enough to show support for Israel. He also said that he has no plans to contribute to the president’s campaign.
“President Obama has raised so much money and will raise so much money through the Internet, more than anybody before him. And he frankly doesn’t, I believe, need any of my donations,” said Saban.
“I’m very perplexed as to why the president, who’s been to Cairo, to Saudi Arabia, to Turkey, has not made a stop in Israel and spoken to the Israeli people,” he continued
I dunno....maybe he hates Jews? Or maybe he just hates, you know, "Zionists". Certainly acts that way...
Saban, like most American Jews, has battered wife syndrome, and begs Obama for a sign, any sign, that he still loves him:
“I believe that the president can clarify to the Israeli people what his positions are on Israel and calm them down. Because they are not calm right now.”
What's important here is that Saban didn't say he would withold his millions from Democratic Congressional and Senatorial races. So he's still got the party's back, and likely the rent check for the DNC headquarters as well. All those Democrats who are standing up to support Israel are doing so to save their own skins, they need Saban's money much more than Barack does (as Saban points out).
Which means that if Obama gets re-elected, it will be despite the lack of Big Fat Jew Cash. And we know how Obama punishes his enemies....
Overall affect of Saban's temporary restraining (of his wallet) order? Nill, except to garner more frantic Congressional support of Israel. Not a bad thing, but until the rank and file Jews - also known as "voters" - stop pulling the Democratic lever with blind regularity, it is meaningless.
FYI - as an alternate title of this post, I was considering using the one employed today by Norway's biggest newspaper,