It was within the context of discussing Israel’s options in preventing nuclear war with Iran. Adler said that all options should be on the table and then suggested assassinating a U.S. president that he sees as unfriendly to Israel’s interests. He wrote
“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?”
An image of Adler’s whole column has been preserved here. Frankly, I’m shocked he was able to only give up to the day-to-day activities and hasn’t been pushed to sell the paper.
But he has. And Adler is now trying to explain why what he said was taken out of context—or something like that. As J.J. Goldberg of The Forward says, the above video is “a wrenchingly, gruesomely compelling scene of a broken man who plainly has no idea how he got himself in this mess.”