The owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times resigned Monday and put his paper up for sale after he speculated in print that Israel would consider assassinating US President Barack Obama.
According to JTA, Andrew Adler announced he is "relinquishing all day-to-day activities effective immediately" he wrote. Adler named John McCurdy as interim managing editor until a replacement can be found.
His resignation comes after the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta announced it would suspend its relationship with the Atlanta Jewish Times until publisher Adler not only left the paper, but sold it.
"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," the Federation said in a statement issued Monday.
The Anti Defamation League, National Jewish Democratic Council, and American Jewish Committee also condemned Adler for his January 13 column, in which he outlined three possible Israeli responses to Obama's weak stance on a nuclear Iran,
"Three, 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.
"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?
"Another way of putting "three" in perspective goes something like this: How far would you go to save a nation comprised of seven million lives...Jews, Christians and Arabs alike?
"You have got to believe, like I do, that all options are on the table."