Has Haim Saban outsmarted himself?
Talk about strange bedfellows: a NY Post article entitled "Weiner donors are in it to support Huma" includes an unusual contributor with an unusual reason for aiding Weiner:
For many people, Huma is the gateway to Hillary. She's one of the closest aides; she's an adopted daughter. You think [power agent] Bob Barnett would give to Anthony? [Billionaire] Haim Saban wouldn't give Anthony a second chance."
Yahoo News reports a similar story:
Some of that money appears to have been raised at a "Women for Anthony" event Abedin hosted last month in Manhattan.
The event's host committee was packed with longtime supporters of the Clintons, including Cheryl Saban, wife of entertainment mogul and Democratic megadonor Haim Saban
Haim Saban and his wife aiding Huma Abedin? This action is not merely personal, and cannot be separated from Abedin's future political aspirations.
In a May 2010 article in the New Yorker Magazine about Saban and his vastly successful Hollywood producer career (he produced "The Power Rangers," among other hits), it stated
In targeting media properties, Saban frankly acknowledges his political agenda. He has tried repeatedly to buy the Los Angeles Times, because, he said, "I thought it was time that it turn from a pro-Palestinian paper into a balanced paper." He went on, "During the period of the second intifada, Jews were being killed every day over there, and this paper was publishing images of a Palestinian woman sitting with her dead child, and, on the Israeli side, a destroyed house. I got sick of it."
...As Saban has said, "I'm a one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel."
How does one reconcile supporting Huma Abedin, the daughter of staunch Muslim Brotherhood and Muslim Sisterhood members, with being pro-Israel? As for her boss, it was reported in 2010 "Hillary Clinton reportedly accused Israel of behaving like undemocratic regimes, even comparing it directly to Iran." Let's look at Huma Abedin a bit closer. As Diana West recently stated at Worldnet Daily:
In a nutshell - quoting former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy writing at National Review this week - Huma Abedin "worked for many years at a journal that promotes Islamic supremacist ideology that was founded by a top al-Qaida financier, Abdullah Omar Naseef." That would be for at least seven years (1996-2003), by the way, during which Abedin also worked for Hillary Clinton.
...Let this sink in for just a moment. The journal Huma worked for - which promotes Islamic supremacism and was founded by al-Qaida financer Naseef, who also headed the Muslim World League, a leading Muslim Brotherhood organization - is called the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. It was edited first by Huma's father, Syed Abedin, and now by her mother, Saleha Abedin. Saleha is a member of the Muslim Sisterhood. Mother Abedin also directs an organization (the International Islamic Committee for Woman and Child) that comes under the umbrella of the Union for Good, another U.S.-designated terrorist organization. As McCarthy reminds us, "the Union for Good is led by Sheikh Yusef al-Qaradawi, the notorious Muslim Brotherhood jurist who has issued fatwas calling for the killing of American military and support personnel in Iraq as well as suicide bombings in Israel."
I am not an expert on international politics but in addressing Saban's support for Huma Abedin, possibly he is following Michael Corleone's advice from Godfather II by "keeping his enemies closer." He is clearly riding a tiger here - as he feeds it dollars.
I recall a line my late mother used to say when faced with outrageous behavior from a person she did not agree with: Either I'm crazy or they're crazy. And frankly, at a certain point in Saban's tiger ride, he may find that he has put himself in an untenable, crazy position. How does politically helping someone like Abedin whose values and desires are in total opposition to his own desire to help Israel? "This time it's different?"
Perhaps Saban has been in Hollywood too long and has somehow confused Al Qaida with Al Jolson. In trying to advance the political power of Huma Abedin, Saban is playing with fire and betting his life, his children's life - and every other Jew and Gentile's life - on his unsound premise that helping Hillary and Abedin is "smart" politics. In helping to publicize Abedin as a mainstream likable figure, he is clearly undermining his professed values by aiding a taqiyya, a grand political deception.