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Dear Atlanta Jewish Times Publisher Andrew Adler: How Revolting!

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Sometimes, as they say, truth is stranger than fiction.

That was the case in Atlanta recently. The publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times, Andrew Adler, wrote a column entitled “What would you do?”

The question was premised on the growing threat to Israel from Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah, in which the Jewish state could one day be targeted by thousands of missiles and a high casualty rate.

In response, Adler, speaking for himself but, he said, trying to put himself in the shoes of the Israeli prime minister, suggested three possible responses by Israel.

The first two, preemptive strikes against Hezbollah and Hamas and the destruction of Iran’s nuclear facilities, may be controversial, but are at least within the realm of current discussion.

But it was the third that crossed a line, a big line.

Here is Adler in his own words:

Third, 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?

Subsequently, Adler, facing a torrent of criticism, pulled back, claiming he just wanted “to get a reaction” from his readership, adding that “I’ve put my pen in my mouth” and “I’m writing a retraction to the column.”

It’s all well and good that Adler is rethinking his words, but they’re out there in writing, they speak volumes, and they won’t soon be forgotten. How could they?

After all, the publisher of a Jewish newspaper in a major city actually put on the table the assassination of the president of the United States.

That in itself is simply beyond belief.

In fact, language is inadequate to the challenge of describing the revulsion this evokes. Whether the Secret Service takes up the matter will, of course, be for them to decide, but it wouldn’t entirely surprise me.

The publisher then went even further.

Without any basis in fact, he asserted that the idea must have been discussed in “Israel’s most inner circles.”

I’m no more privy to those conversations than he is, but I don’t for one single moment believe they ever took place – or could conceivably occur.

Yet, given his position in Atlanta as the publisher of a Jewish newspaper, others may assume that Adler was on the inside.

So the self-described “pro-Israel to the max” column-writer, who thought he was writing a piece defending the Jewish state, ended up inflicting incalculable damage on the cause he – and so many of us – cherish.

Moreover, on the substance of his concerns about the threats to Israel, Adler should ratchet down his hysteria, which leads him to such frighteningly bizarre conclusions.

Yes, the danger to Israel is real.

Yes, the amassing of ever deadlier arsenals by Hamas, Hezbollah, and especially Iran is taking place before the world’s eyes.

And yes, Syria has shown its utter disregard for the lives of its own citizens, so how much more brazenly would it act against Israel if the chance presented itself?

But he should not underestimate Israel’s ability to deal with its neighbors.

While he’s running around like a chicken without a head, Israel, in its own inimitable way, is carefully preparing for possible regional eventualities. Israel’s enemies don’t underestimate it, nor should Adler. And, as in the past, Israel will do what’s needed to ensure its national security.

In the same vein, Adler fears the Obama administration.

Of course, he’s entitled to his own views on this, or any, president. Yet the publisher should be reminded that ballots, not bullets, are supposed to determine outcomes in democratic societies.

But, in any case, I happen to see the U.S.-Israel link in rather different terms than he does.

That’s not to say the two countries see eye to eye on everything.

Why should they? They, like all countries, begin from particular – and different – vantage points based on a range of factors.

That said, cooperation between two freedom-loving countries – and their armed forces – is close and getting closer. I have no doubt that Washington is, and will remain for the foreseeable future, fully committed to Israel’s defense.

Finally, let’s return to the title of Adler’s repulsive column, “What would you do?” but apply the question to the publisher, not the prime minister.

He should begin by asking himself whether he’s in the right business.

Owning a community newspaper and seeking to inform readers entails a larger responsibility, at least it should.

That’s not consistent, shall we say, with conjuring up scenarios for the assassination of the American president or seeking to implicate Israel in such utterly unimaginable schemes.

Clearly, Adler, for his sake and ours, ought to find a new line of work.

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  • Joe american

    Israelis were part of the JFK assassination so Israel has already has had its hands bloodied in an assassination of a president there is no doubt that James Jesus Angleton who headed the Mossad desk and was counter intelligence for the CIA was involved in the JFK assassination no doubt whatsoever what most people don’t know yet but they will is that Israel was part of that assassination that is a fact permindex numec obstruction of justicerof Garrisons investigation

  • John McNab

    Adler appears to have been hounded out of his job by the same fanatical Jewish organizations which persecute anybody who says anything they don’t like. If someone says ‘Jews run Hollywood’ or ‘the Jews in Israel should go back where they came from’ then they can be sure of being hounded out of their jobs by these organizations which have no understanding of the ideals which America is based on, freedom of speech being one of the most cherished.
    The ruthlessness and vengefulness with which these Jewish organizations go after anyone who steps out of line ( especially fellow Jews) is one of the most nauseating things I’ve ever witnessed in modern day America. It might be accepted in eastern Europe but it has no place in America.

  • mike cohen

    Adler is the lowest scum! If he doesn’t want to be an American 1st and foremost then I say get the hell out of this country! America & American’s come first not a parasitic foreign country.. a foreign country that is not only a parasite on the American tax payer but also on our government.. u want to be your own state then go fight your own battles you cowards!

    • A REAL American

      Mike Cohen—why would you refer to Mexico, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and most of Europe, Asia and Africa in this manner?? Some of them are not complete parasites and every once in a while they are capable of fighting their own wars (see the Falkland Islands and the French versus Greenpeace for examples).

      And if we are going to take out parasites that feed off the American taxpayer why not state with the Occupy Wall Street crowd??

      Any suggestion about assassinating a president is extreme, if not illegal. Adler doesn’t represent anyone expect himself and even he retracted his comments.

      However it should be noted that many left-wingers suggested assassinating president Bush and one jerk even made a movie about it. So Adler isn’t alone in his extreme and illegal opinion.

  • Haim

    A few years ago some Leftist playwriters fantasized about killing President Bush. I don’t remember such hysteria back then. Truth is simple – when it comes to Israel, Obama was a horrible President. He encouraged Islamist takeover of the Middle East. He did nothing either to change the regime in Tehran or to stop it from getting a bomb. He supported Palestinians, putting forward the most extreme territorial demands. He denied the historical right of Jewish people to the Land of Israel. He embraced Turkish thug Erdogan. He humiliated the elected Israeli leader. So yeah, I can understand why some Americans who love Israel are so desperate with Obama that they say stupid shit. I can not understand those American Jews, who, like David Harris, claim that they support Israel yet intend to vot for Obama again.

  • Al

    “putting a hit on American President” — has Alder lost his mind or is he just got so confident that he no longer afraid of speaking it? — My fellow Americans, think it is not some Taliban terrorist saying but a well known Jewish journalist? and not only say that, but writes it and publishes it in a Newspaper?

    By making terroristic threats and inciting to violence against a US president, Andrew Adler, plays in the hands of all those who believe that Jews are more loyal to the interest of Israel than to the interest of the US. It is too bad, but more people now will believe the right wing perspective of Jews as a fifth column that uses American taxpayers money and GI lives to benefit Israel, more people will think that Jews are not loyal to the US and put Israel first. And this is too bad because there are many Jews who are sincerely disgusted with what the owner of the Jewish Times in Atlanta said about a US president. Just as American forgot and forgave another Jewish journalist, Philadelphia Daily News, conservative columnist Stu Bykofsky, for wishing a second 9/11 on America, her goes Adler.

  • Des

    A Deport Adler initiative should begin. Get this Jewish-firster out of my country.

  • salvage

    That’s the sort of lunacy that theism inspires. When you think you’re doing the will of a god there is no such thing as going too far.

    • A REAL American

      There is no theism here aside from your own religious convictions in which you blame everything on theism. A call to assassinate a president has nothing to do with theism, it has everything to do with stupidity.

      And this stupidity comes from the left as well–as exhibited by the many calls to assassinate President Bush. Mr. Adler must have been smoking the same stuff as the anti-theism crowd who wanted to assassinate President Bush.

      One can certainly make an argument that assassinating a world leader who posses an immediate threat to others is justified (Khaddafi, Assad, Kim Jong il, Pol Pot, Hitler, Stalin, Idi Amin, etc.) and it might have little or nothing whatsoever to do with religious convictions. But no matter how much I dislike Obama he DOES NOT fit into this profile.

      The wonderful thing about this country is that if you don’t like the guy running it you can just wait 4 years for the chance to change to someone else. And in 362 Days, 17 Hours, 23 Minutes, Obama will be on the unemployment line with the millions of Americans he assisted in putting there. If not, we will have much more urgent matters to attend to than some asinine comments by an unknown journalist (who retracted them immediately after writing them).

      • salvage

        Well REAL American (is that like a TRUE Scottsman?) there is in fact a great deal of theism here. See the trick to spotting theism is to look for some sort of god and people doing stuff because that god told them to.

        So in this case you have Israel and the Jewish god promising Israel to them.

        The weird thing is that it took some 2,000 years and countless wars for it to be kept. Not sure why their god didn’t use magic god powers to avoid all the bloodshed but whatever.

        The without of this piece and many others think that to keep this promise they can do no wrong. Sort of the same attitude that the crusaders had when they Ra paged across Europe and the Middle East or the terrorists had on 911. This is typical of theism. It always produces fanatics that are eager to kill.

        Not all theists of course, most never hurt anyone but some always do.

        Oh and please find me a published left wing commentator who ever called for Bush’s assassination. Yes, yes, I know some punk at a protest waved a sign but anything at the HuffPost? New York Times? Village Voice?

        Oh and what about all the “let his days be few and brieft” stuff in relation to Obama? You can even buy it on a shirt! Theist quoting a Bible verse praying for the death of a President, nope nothing crazy there!

        Theism is a form of insanity, a delusion at best so the fact that it’s practitioners say crazy things is hardly surprising.

  • MMint

    Just plain disrespectful!