Haim Saban calls Trump a ‘clown’ and ‘dangerous’


(JTA) — American-Israel billionaire entertainment mogul Haim Saban called Republican front-running candidate Donald Trump a “clown” who is “dangerous.”

Saban, asked in an interview aired Saturday night on Israel’s Channel 2 whether or not Trump is dangerous for Israel, said the billionaire real-estate magnate is “dangerous for the world, and since Israel is part of the world, therefore he’s dangerous for Israel.”

He said the Republicans are in a “janana,” which means craziness in Arabic.

“They don’t understand what is happening to them, and they woke up to it too late,” Saban explained. “We now see a very serious campaign underway to stop the tsunami called Donald Trump. Will it succeed? Nobody knows.”

Saban also called Trump “unpredictable,” and said his position on Israel is “unknown.”

“It’s hard to know what he is thinking. One day he’ll give an interview to an Israeli newspaper and say ‘you’ve never had such a friend in the White House as you will when I become president.’ The next day they ask him about the Middle East and he says, ‘I’m neutral. I’m the U.N. I won’t involve myself. You just don’t know with him, every day it’s something else,’” he said.

Saban said of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner: “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.”

He has donated more than $2 million to the Clinton campaign, and for years has been one of her principal backers.

Saban, who lives in the United States and also holds Israeli citizenship, has a net worth of $3.6 billion as of February, according to Forbes.

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