Andrew Adler, the newspaper editor who publicly opined that Israel might want its Mossad agents to murder President Barack Obama for his failure to wage war on Iran, quit Monday after a global furor erupted over his comments.
According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Mr. Adler said he was handling over ‘day-to-day’ operations of the Atlanta Jewish Times to a subordinate. He also said he was looking for a buyer. Mr. Adler, owns, publishes and edits the monthly paper where his Jan. 13 column appeared discussing options that might be considered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Option three was to “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.”
Gawker, the news and gossip site, was the first to give Mr. Adler’s violent musings global exposure.
“Yes, you read ‘three’ correctly,” Mr. Adler wrote in his column. “Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence. Think about it. If I have thought of this Tom Clancy-type scenario, don’t you think that this almost unfathomable idea has been discussed in Israel’s most inner circles?” he wrote. Options one and two were all-out Israeli attacks on Hezbollah or Iran’s nuclear sites.
Mr. Adler’s views were widely denounced by mainstream Jewish organizations and there was a rising chorus for him to retract, apologize and quit.