On Jan. 13 the Atlanta Jewish Times featured a column by its owner-publisher suggesting that Israel might someday need to â€śorder a hitâ€ť on the president of the United States.
In the column, publisher Andrew Adler describes a scenario in which Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu would need to â€śgive the go-ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel.â€ť
The purpose? So that the vice president could then take office and dictate U.S. policies that would help the Jewish state â€śobliterate its enemies.â€ť
Adler wrote that it is highly likely that the idea â€śhas been discussed in Israelâ€™s most inner circles.â€ť
Numerous Jewish leaders quickly condemned Adler, who has now apologized for the column, resigned, and put the newspaper up for sale. An Israeli columnist noted that the hatred being stirred up against Obama is similar to conditions in Israel that led to the murder of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by a Jewish extremist.
Many of those criticizing Adler claim that he defamed Israel by suggesting that it would ever do such a thing. Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), proclaimed: â€śThere is absolutely no excuse, no justification, no rationalization for this kind of rhetoric. It doesnâ€™t even belong in fiction.â€ť