Barack Obama 311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
The owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times has resigned and is seeking a buyer in the wake of a column he wrote speculating that Israel would consider assassinating US President Barack Obama.
RELATED:Has Obama lost Jews' support – and funding?
Andrew Adler, in an email obtained by JTA, announced Monday that he is "relinquishing all day-to-day activities effective immediately" following the publishing of his opinion piece saying that Obama's assassination was among Israel's options in heading off a nuclear Iran.
Adler named staff writer John McCurdy as interim managing editor until a replacement can be found. Adler said he would publish an apology in his next edition and that reaction from readers had been overwhelmingly negative.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta said earlier Monday that it would suspend its relationship with the Atlanta Jewish Times
until Adler removed himself from the newspaper's operations. The federation also called on Adler to sell the weekly.
"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 a Jan. 13 column, Adler outlined what he said were three possible
responses by Israel to Iran's acquiring a nuclear weapon: a pre-emptive
strike against Hamas and Hezbollah, terrorist groups that he said would
be emboldened by a nuclear Iran; a direct strike on Iran; and "three,
give the go-ahead for US-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
The Anti-Defamation League and the National Jewish Democratic Council
also condemned Adler for his column. David Harris, executive director of
the American Jewish Committee, also called on Adler to resign from the
CNN reported that the Secret Service is investigating Adler over the column.