Atlanta Newspaper Editor Suggests Assassinating Obama to “Preserve Israel’s Existence”

Originally published at Daily Kos

I don’t even know where to begin with this one, other than to suggest that Andrew Adler, the owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times, should be ousted immediately and banished from the world of print “journalism.”


He advocates, in a recent opinion column, three ways to resolve the divergent opinions America and Israel have on how to deal with Iran’s nuclear threat. The third solution offered? That Israel should “order a hit” on Barack Obama.

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.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?

Another way of putting “three” in perspective goes something like this: How far would you go to save a nation comprised of seven million lives…Jews, Christians and Arabs alike?

You have got to believe, like I do, that all options are on the table.

John Cook at Gawker writes of his conversation with Adler:

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. I take it you’re quoting me?”

Yes. “Oh, boy.”

When I asked Adler why, if he didn’t advocate assassination and didn’t believe Israel was actually considering it, he wrote a column saying he believed that the option was “on the table,” he asked for a minute to compose himself and call me back. He did a few moments later, and said, “I wrote it to see what kind of reaction I was going to get from readers.”

And what was the reaction? “We’ve gotten a lot of calls and emails.”

I believe, as Cook intimates, that the next call should come from one place.

The Secret Service.

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About David Harris-Gershon

David Harris-Gershon – a blogger for Tikkun magazine and a freelance writer on Israel, the Middle East and America’s role in the region – has recently published work in The Jerusalem Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, AlterNet, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Colorado Review and elsewhere. His memoir – What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife? – is forthcoming from Oneworld Publications (2013). He received his MFA from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and has worked extensively as an educator, teaching creative writing and Israeli History / Jewish Studies in university and high school classrooms. Follow David on Twitter @David_EHG

Posted on January 22, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Adler [Ger. for Eagle] used poor judgement in suggesting that Mossad agents whack Barack. Joe Beiden wud probably not advocate/order an attack upon Iran: I think the Irani wud be im-
    pressed if stealth bombers flew over the dozen of known [and not publicly-known] nuke sites
    in Iran and gently ‘landed’ a full-sized ‘dummy’ B-61 H-bomb with a stenciled message in Far-
    si [Persian] which said, “If this was real, this site and everyone and everything here wud be destroyed…Have a nice day.” In Teheran, one each wud land at the Islamic Republic’s HQ–
    and in front of the Parliament…Hopefully, the point wud be made very clear: Don’t continue
    to make weapons–it’s okay to build peaceful reactors inder IAEA supervision for utility elec-
    tricity power stations and medical/health reasons but NO weapons!..Aaron Allen…

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