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The publisher of a Jewish newspaper has resigned amid intense pressure after writing a column suggesting that Israel consider assassinating President Barack Obama.
Andrew Adler, owner and publisher of Atlanta Jewish Times, wrote an editorial January 13th suggesting the assassination would be among Israel’s options in dealing with a hostile Iran equipped with nuclear weapons.
In his column Adler laid out what he said were three options available to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in countering the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program.
One of the options 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.”
He continued, “Yes, you read ‘three’ correctly. 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?”
Adler went on to ask: “How far would you go to save a nation comprised of 7 million lives — Jews, Christians and Arabs alike? You have got to believe, like I do, that all options are on the table.”
The other two options, according to Adler, are to attack Hezbollah and Hamas or defy the U.S. — which he said is willing to let Israel “take a lethal bullet.”
Adler, who later apologized for his column, said Obama has an Alice in Wonderland belief in diplomacy over force.