Owner and publisher of The Atlanta Jewish Times has offered his apology twice for suggesting that the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should order Mossad agents to assassinate U.S. President Barack Obama in an attempt to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Andrew Adler wrote an op-ed piece on January 13 in which he presented Israel with three options: one, attack Hezbollah and Hamas, two, order the destruction of Iran’s nuclear facilities at all costs, and third, to assassinate President Obama.
“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,” Adler wrote.
The op-ed is no longer available online but was posted by gawker.com.
“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?” he writes.
Israel-haters seized upon this. Dissident Voice headlines their coverage with "Have Israel’s “Inner Circles” Discussed Assassinating President Obama?" (Answer: "Who knows?" But now that the headline is out there, the assumption is "Probably.")
A site called Judeofascism.com notes that Mondoweiss commenters are using this as evidence that Israel probably assassinated JFK in order to get a friendlier vice president.
To his credit,972 Magazine's Yossi Gurvitz admits "I am certain that had anyone suggested such a covert operation to Netanyahu, that person would be fired on the spot. And that even had Netanyahu entertained such an idea, the leadership of Mossad would submit their resignation rather than going along with the plan. What Adler wrote was a fantasy, unrelated to Israeli reality."
But he goes on to say "However, Adler did prove a point, albeit not one he intended: He showed us that there are, in fact, American Jews who are 'Israel-firsters', that is, people who put the interests of Israel ahead of their own country. In Adler’s case, to the point of supporting the assassination of his own duly-elected president – which skirts very closely to treason."
No, the point he proved is that there are American Jews who are morons. (And not to defend him in the least, but Adler was putting forth the idea that Israel, in a no-win situation, might consider a hit on Obama as one of three stated options, not necessarily advocating it himself. Even the Israeli coverage of the story is getting it wrong, showing that Jerusalem Post journalists are not necessarily much smarter than Adler himself.)
But it doesn't matter how many American Jewish organizations condemn him in the strongest terms. It doesn't matter that Adler's paper has a minuscule readership (roughly 8% of what this blog gets every week.) Adler has just "proven" the dual-loyalty canard that is so freely promulgated by the dedicated Israel-haters and their anti-semitic cousins towards American Jews.
With friends like Adler, Israel doesn't need enemies.