Barkat national profile could harm ties with sponsor

Reports that Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat is preparing to enter national politics could rupture his close ties with American billionaire Sheldon Adelson, Likud sources said Tuesday.

Barkat made the Las Vegas based casino mogul an honorary citizen of Jerusalem in a festive ceremony in May 2013. Adelson’s foundation supports many institutions in Jerusalem and the newspaper he owns, Israel Hayom, was the main sponsor of the June 2013 Formula One race in the capital that Barkat sees as one of his top achievements in office.

But Adelson is the patron of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and any possible candidate to run against him has faced the wrath of the free newspaper, which has the largest circulation of any Israeli daily.


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