What being “pro-Israel” can mean

Via the Guardian:

The owner of a Jewish newspaper in Atlanta has said he deeply regrets writing a column suggesting that Israel consider “a hit” on Barack Obama if he stands in the way of the Jewish state defending itself.

Andrew Adler told the Guardian he wrote the column in the weeklyAtlanta Jewish Times ”to get a reaction” from the paper’s readers.

“The headline for the column was: ‘What would you do?’ That’s what I wanted to see,” he said. “It’s got like a Dr Phil reaction: what were you thinking? I feel really bad it did that.”

The column, first brought to light by Gawker, asks readers to imagine that they are the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, confronting the threat posed by Hezbollah and Iran’s nuclear programme while also under pressure from a US president with an “Alice in Wonderland” belief in diplomacy over force.

Adler lays out what he says are the three options available to Netanyahu: attack Hezbollah and Hamas; defy the US – which is willing to let “Israel take a lethal bullet” – by striking against Iran’s nuclear facilities; or a third option.

“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,” Adler wrote in a column that appeared in print by not online.

“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?”

Adler went on to ask: “How far would you go to save a nation comprised of 7 million lives – Jews, Christians and Arabs alike? You have got to believe, like I do, that all options are on the table.”

Adler said he understood why readers might interpret his writing as suggesting that Israel is seriously considering assassinating the US president but that is not what he meant.

“No, no, no. It’s unfathomable, unthinkable,” he said, adding: “I’m definitely pro-Israel to the max.”

2 comments
  • http://twitter.com/iResistDe4iAm iResistDe4iAm

    No doubt Andrew Adler will be summonsed for courteous interviews by law enforcement officials and the FBI.

    If however, Andrew Adler was a Muslim (or Arab) he would be arrested immediately and held in indefinite detention under the new NDAA laws. If he were to be given a trial, he would no doubt receive a sentence befitting the crime of conspiracy to commit terrorism (a crime for which some Muslims have been sentenced to 45 years in prison): http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen/decad

    If Andrew Adler was a Muslim (or Arab) AND happened to travel to the Middle East, he would at the first opportunity, be summarily executed without trial using drone borne missiles.

  • examinator

    I must agree with the previous post that their scenario is indeed highly likely. However I don't consider that either option has any moral basis and I'd condemn them categorically.

    Notwithstanding this man is simply one of the myopically focused extremists I refer to regularly.
    He seems to be ignorant of both history and group psychology. Does he really ;believe that the rump American citizen would simply have a few fiery editorials a ceremony or two shrug and move on?
    Strewth, this guy really needs to pull his head out of his echo chamber.
    Americans (US cits) have a history of falling in behind war or fallen presidents.
    I more rationally suggest that if a 'hit' (no mean feat these days) does happen. This foolish editorial will focus it on Israel and guess what Israel will be the loser big time. If he thinks there's a wave of anti-Semitism now just wait the blow-back at the street level would be devastating. In short Israel will take the at best slow release fatal injection find it's self in a war it can't win. At worst all it would achieved is world wide chaos and the elimination of Israel as an entity.
    My advice to local reasonable Jews in his sphere of influence seek alternative advertising sources lest you become targets. This man is dangerous to Jews locally and generally.