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Publisher of the ‘Atlanta Jewish Times’ suggests Mossad should assassinate Obama

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Wow. John Cook reports at Gawker:

Andrew Adler, the owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times, a weekly newspaper serving Atlanta’s Jewish community, devoted his January 13, 2012 column to the thorny problem of the U.S. and Israel’s diverging views on the threat posed by Iran. Basically Israel has three options, he wrote: Strike Hezbollah and Hamas, strike Iran, or “order a hit” on Barack Obama. Either way, problem solved!

Here’s how Adler laid out “option three” in his list of scenarios facing Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu (the column, which was forwarded to us by a tipster, isn’t online, but you can read a copy here):

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.

Cook asked Adler about it directly:

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.”

Read the whole story here.

Update: The JTA is reporting that Adler has apologized.

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unreal, completely out of the water

Why (for safety from Iran, or for any other purpose) did this editor consider (or fail to recommend?) hitting Hamas and Hezbollah? Just because there hasn’t been a juicy war for a while adn he’s getting antsy?

ADAM: Ask him for a fuller explanation.

“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?”

I don’t think 7 million in the correct tally. I think they only count 3/5ths of the Christians and Arabs. Maybe I’m thinking of something else.

Let us guess how many media outlets will ignore this.

>> To all the Netanyahus out there, what do you do? How far would you go to save a nation comprised of seven million lives…Jews, Christians and Arabs alike? Seeing as how the question was directed at “the Netanyahus out there”, it should have been phrased “How far would you go to save the ‘Jewish state’?”, because there’s no evidence to suggest that Bibi or anyone of like mind actually gives a sh*t about non-Jewish… Read more »