Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban on Saturday called Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump a “clown” who would be dangerous to Israel and the world as a whole should he take the White House.
Saban, an entertainment magnate best known for producing the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, is one of the biggest backers of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He told Channel 2 in an interview aired Saturday night that the GOP candidate was “dangerous for the world, and since Israel is part of the world, therefore he’s dangerous to Israel.”
“He’s unpredictable,” Saban said of Trump. “It’s very hard to know what he’s really thinking. One day he gives an interview to an Israeli paper and says you’ll never have had such a friend in the White House from the moment I’m president. A day later they ask him about the situation in the Middle East and he says, no, I’ll be neutral, I’m from the UN. I won’t intervene.”
Saban was alluding to Trump’s remarks last month ahead of the South Carolina primaries in which he said he would be “sort of a neutral guy” in trying to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. At the same time he has repeatedly said he is “totally pro-Israel.”
“It’s impossible to know with him. Everyday is something different,” Saban said. He then appeared to backtrack from his remark that a Trump presidency would be dangerous for Israel, saying, “I can’t tell you whether it’ll be good or bad for Israel. I can tell you it will be indeterminable.”
Turning to Clinton, Saban stumped for the Democratic candidate, saying the former secretary of state would be a much better candidate for Israel, or more specifically for those who are interested in a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Saban has donated over $2 million to the Clinton campaign as of November 2015, according to figures cited by The Washington Post. He has also donated at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. The entertainment magnate has an estimated net worth of $3.6 billion as of 2016, according to Forbes.
He pointed out that Clinton has a 25-year history with Israel and “if you believe in a two-state solution, Hillary Clinton will be excellent for Israel, will be excellent for the Middle East, will be excellent for the world, and will be excellent for the United States.”
Saban said Clinton would work “in the most efficient way conceivable” with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should she be elected to the White House in November and downplayed any possible tension between the two.