ndrew B. Adler, the publisher of The Atlanta Jewish Times, had a multi-prong master plan to help Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu avoid major military conflict with Syria and Hezbollah. Adler’s plan offered Netanyahu three options. The third was shocking — it proposed that Netanyahu order the assassination of President Barack Obama. In his January 3 column, Alder explained it:
“Three, give the go-ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel in order for the current vice president to take his place, and forcefully dictate that the United States’ policy includes its helping the Jewish state obliterate its enemies.
After the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta denounced the article and said it was suspending its relationship with the paper until Adler steps down and a host of other conditions are met, Adler apologized and resigned. However, Gawker reports that he still owns the company.
When a Gawker reporter contacted Adler January 20th to ask about the article, he said he didn’t mean it.
A nervous Adler told me over the phone that he wasn’t advocating Obama’s assassination by Mossad agents. “Of course not,” he said.
But do you think Israel should consider it an option? “No.”
But do you believe that Israel is in fact considering the option in its most inner circles? “No. Actually, no. I was hoping to make clear that it’s unspeakable—god forbid this would ever happen…”
The kicker is that he told Gawker, “I wrote it to see what kind of reaction I was going to get from readers.”