Jewish ‘Assassinate Obama’ Proponent Tearful On-Air Apology: ‘Call Me Naive’


Adler’s Tearful On-Air  Apology: ‘Call Me Naive’

By J.J. Goldberg

Andrew Adler, owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times, appears on a  local cable program to apologize for his recent  column proposing that Israel assassinate President Obama. It’s a  wrenchingly, gruesomely compelling scene of a broken man who plainly has no idea  how he got himself in this mess.

I was basically writing the column to draw, you know, draw interest I guess  to the Iranian situation and to get people’s reaction to it, and like in no  ways, means or form to advocate anything… I just felt I was doing my job as an  editor – an owner and publisher, to get the readers to wake up to what’s  happening with Iran and Israel and the nuclear situation…

That’s actually a bit disingenuous. What he wrote in the column was, “You  have got to believe, as I do, that all options are on the table.” In other  words, I mean what I say. On the other hand, he repeats this idea over and over,  that it was just a thought exercise, and you get the impression that he has  convinced himself he didn’t mean it.

Call me stupid, call me naïve, call me morally insane, whatever words you  want to apply… It’s storming outside as we speak and I’ve always felt that when  a storm happens, that God’s angry with me.

Still. “The intentions were good, to get more people involved, to promote  Israel’s side.” How could that be a bad thing?

One of the most intriguing threads is his recollection of his January 15  interview with Israel’s deputy consul general in Atlanta. Toward the end, he  says, “she wanted to talk about Iran”:

I forget what she said, but it wasn’t a pleasant ending if we don’t wake up  to what’s happening.

Again, as I wrote in my  post last night, this is the end result of a campaign of incitement. The  very healthy instinct among American Jews to want the best for Israel is  exploited, fed with a deliberately exaggerated sense of threat and  vulnerability, until anything seems imaginable. Let’s be clear: there is a real  threat. But it’s less than it was a generation ago. And yet it seems that as the  threat declines, the rage grows.

Most of us don’t cross the line, but there’s always someone who will. The  interviewer alludes to that when she suggests to Adler that “some might be  reminded” by his column of what happened to Yitzhak Rabin. His response is a  befuddled: “True – I wasn’t – to look back on it, I screwed up.”

I’m at a loss as to what tomorrow will bring, what time will bring, what the  next five minutes will bring. It’s something I’ll have to live with for the rest  of my life. … I deserve the repercussions. All can say is, I am devastated, I’m  stunned. I want to go to Israel. I probably won’t be welcome there now. I want  to go anywhere in the Jewish community, people will look at me like I did — … To  think that I could lose everything is devastating.

Read more: http://blogs.forward.com/forward-thinking/150155/#ixzz1kXWeOBAy

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