Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt called Mr. Adelson “a force of nature,” in a statement following the announcement of his death from complications of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, his Las Vegas Sands company said.
While Mr Adelson was funding Republican candidates, a prominent Democrat, former Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, hailed him as a businessman who “was instrumental in making Las Vegas the iconic travel destination it is today”.
Mr. Adelson was also a major advocate of Israeli cause, and Dr. Adelson, who was born in Israel and was the driving force behind the family’s involvement in conservative Israeli politics, is expected to remain active as editor of the free Israeli daily Hayom.
Susie Gelman, a liberal Jewish philanthropist who heads the board of directors of the Israel Policy Forum and has worked with the Adelsons for years in support of Birthright Israel, said she did not expect Mr Adelson’s death to lead to major changes in the Adelsons’ areas of influence in Israel. “My feeling is that they were very much a team,” said Ms. Gelman. “They seemed very aligned in their political views.”
In Israel, people advocating for the causes supported by the Adelsons said that Ms. Adelson was even more passionate in her views than her husband.
The Adelsons were arguably Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s most significant supporters through their founding and work of Israel Hayom, which they founded in 2007. Known as “Bibiton” – a portmanteau from Mr. Netanyahu’s nickname Bibi and the Hebrew for newspaper, “iton” – the newspaper reported Mr. Netanyahu so positively that it was like editing it himself.
In the United States, the couple were a major source of support for the Republican Jewish Coalition, which remained a close ally of Mr Trump during his tumultuous presidency. The Adelsons were among those who helped convince Mr. Trump to take a tough pro-Israel stance, which led to his decision in 2017 to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – a move that enraged the Palestinians and unrest in the Middle East.