I sure hope some investigative journalists have a field day with this. Ynet published today a leaked list of non-Israeli millionaires who he approached for money during his 2007 campaign to lead the Likud party.
“According to estimates,” Ynet reports “98% of the funds donated to Netanyahu came from abroad.” So, it was Americans, and Brits and Australians, who funded Netanyahu’s comeback.
Here are all the usual suspects: Casino Tycoon Sheldon Adelson tops the list. Lots of real estate magnates like Donald Trump and Mort Zuckerman. There’s also media figures: Haim Saban and Sam Zell, the television executive who bought, then ruined, the Tribune Company.
Also there’s David Geffen, who backed Obama during the Democratic primary, but apparently felt the need to support Netanyahu in the primary elections of the main right-wing faction in Israel.
Via Twitter, Ali Abunimah points out the name of Nasser Khalili, who is likely Nasser David Khalili, the Jewish Iranian-born art collector.
Here’s the photo of the document, from Ynet (That’s reportedly Netanyahu’s handwriting):