andrew_adler.jpgNEW YORK – The owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times, Andrew Adler, has resigned over fall out from a column  he wrote suggesting that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should consider ordering the Mossad to assassinate U.S. President Barack Obama,  so that his successor will defend Israel against Iran.

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Adler, apologized for his article, where he listed three options for Israel to counter Iran’s nuclear weapons.

The is to launch a pre-emptive strike against Hamas and Hezbollah. The second is to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities and the third is to “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.”

Adler continued his column with: “Yes, you read “three correctly.” Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence. Think about it. If 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?”

While offering an apology yesterday, he said “I very much regret it; I wish I hadn’t made reference to it at all.

Jewish organizations are condemning the article. The Secret Service is investigating.

Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, said Adler’s “lack of judgment as a publisher, editor and columnist raises serious questions as to whether he's fit to run a newspaper."

Adler stepped down from the paper he owns today.