After writing a very controversial column about assassinating President Barack Obama, the Atlanta Jewish Times owner and publisher resigned.
Andrew Adler wrote a scathing opinion piece, supposing Israel would consider assassinating the president in a plan to head off a nuclear Iran.
But the response was not positive at all. Adler, feeling a little pressure from outraged readers, threw in the towel and named staff writer John McCurdy interim managing editor until a replacement can be found. He also plans to publish an apology in the next issue.
Also, as a result of his erroneous actions, The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta has severed ties with the publication.
“While we acknowledge his public apology and remorse, the damage done to the people of Israel, the global Jewish people, and especially the Jewish Community of Atlanta is irreparable,” the Atlanta federation said in a statement issued Monday to constituent groups.
In the column, the writer and publisher proposed three possible responses by Israel to Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon.
The first was a pre-emptive attack against Hamas and Hezbollah, a direct strike on Iran, or (the one that got folk upset) give Mossad agents permission to take out the president of the U.S.
He wrote, “… 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?”