by Yoni Hirsch and Israel Hayom Staff
"No one listened to Hitler when he said he would destroy the Jews, and today no one is listening to the Iranians," Jewish American businessman and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson said on Sunday at the Israeli-American Council conference in Washington. Based on history, "we can't sit on the side and hope for the best," Adelson said.
In a discussion with Israeli-American businessman Haim Saban, Adelson also mentioned tensions between the U.S. and Israel over the Iran nuclear negotiations.
"The relationship between the U.S. and Israel is like a marriage. You can argue, but this does not mean that you do not love each other anymore," Adelson said.
Saban said the U.S. must exhaust all options to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons. He said he was unsure the U.S. was taking a tough enough position in the nuclear negotiations with Iran. In Saban's view, the U.S. should have increased sanctions and taken military steps to demonstrate its seriousness on the matter.
"At the moment we could have increased the sanctions we decreased them, and that was a mistake in my view," Saban said. "We've shown too many carrots and a very small stick."
According to a Daily Beast report, Saban said that if he were Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and he deemed a nuclear deal with Iran to be dangerous for Israel, "I would bomb the living daylights out of these sons of bitches."
During the discussion with Saban, Adelson touched on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying, among other things, that the conflict is not about territory. Adelson said the Palestinians would never sign an end-of-conflict agreement and would not give up the right of return.
The Adelson family owns the company that is the primary shareholder in Israel Hayom.