ATLANTA (AP)—The owner of a small Jewish publication in Atlanta is resigning over a column he wrote suggesting Israel might consider a hit on President Barack Obama.
Interim editor John McCurdy said Monday that Andrew Adler is relinquishing his day-to-day duties at The Atlanta Jewish Times.
Adler wrote Jan. 13 that Obama’s assassination could be one of Israel’s options in preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons. He was roundly condemned by national and local Jewish groups after larger media outlets reported on his column.
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?”
McCurdy says Adler has apologized in interviews and plans to publish an apology in the next edition. It’s unclear if Adler will sell the newspaper.
After reading the column, “I was appalled, I was flabbergasted,” said Michael Horowitz, president and CEO of the Atlanta Jewish Federation. Horowitz said the column made Adler the “worldwide center of negative attention.”
The Federation issued a statement asking for Adler’s resignation, saying, “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.”
U.S. Secret Service spokesman Max Milien says the agency is following up on the matter.