Andrew Adler, a Jewish publisher based in Atlanta caused an uproar last week that continues as news spreads on the Internet about his editorial piece in which he called on the Israelis to assassinate President Obama. In his opinion piece he asserted that President Obama is unfriendly to Israel.
While most commentary has focused on questions about the vitriol towards President Obama in Jewish political circles, whether or not he is a Muslim who hates Israel and wants to see its Jewish character erased, not many are asking the central national security question about if Israeli Mossad agents are based in the United States and what they are doing.
While there have been attempts to diminish the impact of Adler’s statement that Israeli officials should “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’s commentary should raise serious national security concerns. While the FBI and the Secret Service are investigating Adler, the Obama administration has refused to comment on the case and to date, politicians and conservative commentators who are usually hawkish when it comes to national security issues, have been awfully quiet about the Adler case.
The subject of Israeli political assassination did come up in a recent Republican debate held in South Carolina. Israel has been implicated in the assassination of a number of Palestinians over the years and defenders of the policy have often justified the actions by labeling the targets as terrorist. More recently, Israel has been blamed for the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientist in attempts to thwartIran’s nuclear ambitions which it says are for peaceful purposes. While the UN’s top weapons inspector Mohamed El Baradei has said there is no credible evidence that Iran is building a nuclear weapon and backed up by U.S. intelligence assessments, Newt Gingrich explicitly called for “taking out” Iranian civilian scientist.
Gingrich did not stop with calling for assassination plots but called for violations of International law which include deploying U.S. troops and CIA operatives inside of Iran. Mitt Romney also called for actions that would violate U.S. law and International law when he said President Obama should have covertly encouraged uprisings by the Iranian people during recent protest. Rick Santorum said he believed that assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists was a “wonderful idea”. Ron Paul, the only GOP anti-war candidate did not join his fellow Republicans in their calls to attack sovereign governments through unlawful means or through the President taking unilateral executive actions without consulting Congress.
While commenting on unsubstantiated reports that the Iranians hatched a plot to assassinate a Saudi Arabian diplomat on U.S. soil, neither Gingrich, Romney nor Santorum has said anything about the possibility of Israeli Mossad agents being based in the United States nor have they said anything about Adler’s comments openly calling for the Israelis to assassinate the President of the United States.
Since taking over the House of Representatives, the Republicans have held a number of hearings targeting the Muslim community accusing it of possibly harboring terrorist; it will be interesting to see in light of Adler’s claim of Israeli assassination teams on U.S. soil, if that same Congress will investigate these claims which represent a serious breach of national security.
Andrew Adler is not just some crazed or mentally impaired individual publishing outlandish conspiracy theories. Andrew Adler is the publisher of a weekly news paper in Atlanta and also produces a local television show and in that capacity he has interviewed a number of Israeli government officials, some of which have contributed to his publication. Considering his apparent access to Israeli officials, it would be foolish and a dereliction of duty if Congress does not investigate the possibility of Mossad agents in our midst.