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Monday, May 12, 2014

Jimmy Carter, "United Palestinian government may provide new opportunities for peace": Another Anti-Israel Harangue

In a Washington Post opinion piece entitled "United Palestinian government may provide new opportunities for peace" (, Jimmy Carter would have us believe that reconciliation between the PLO and Hamas, whose charter calls for the murder of all Jews (not just Israelis) and rejects in absolute terms a negotiated peace solution with Israel, "may provide an opportunity for a new round of peace talks, permitting Israel finally to live in peace with its neighbors." Yeah, right.

Bur before arriving at this conclusion, Carter is swift to blame Israel for the failure of the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which were sponsored by John Kerry. Carter writes:

"With the suspension of U.S.-sponsored peace talks on April 29, dangerous unilateral steps are likely to continue. During the previous nine months of negotiation, 14,000 new Israeli settlement units were approved, more than 3,000 Palestinians were arrested and 50 were killed, provoking troubling examples of Palestinian retaliation, including the deaths of three Israelis."

Re new Israeli settlements, Carter makes certain not to examine the facts. As observed by in a recent Washington Post opinion piece entitled "Israel gets no credit from Obama for a year of moderate settlement construction" by Elliott Abrams and Uri Sadot (

"Israel built 2,534 housing units last year in the West Bank. Of these, about a quarter (694) were in two major blocs near Jerusalem, Giv’at Ze’ev and Betar Illit, and 537 were in two other major blocs, Modiin Illit and Ma’ale Adumim, also near Jerusalem. These four, which will remain part of Israel, account for half of last year’s construction. They are not isolated outposts but instead are towns with populations in the tens of thousands, near the Green Line, as the 1949 armistice line and 1967 border are known.

The critical figure to monitor is the number of Israeli houses built outside such blocs in areas intended for the future state of Palestine. What the CBS data tell us on that question is that only 908 units were built last year in Israeli townships of 10,000 residents or fewer. And most of those units were built in settlement towns that are part of the major blocs. Units built in areas that would become part of Palestine number in the hundreds — and likely in the low hundreds. Given that about 90,000 Israelis live in the West Bank outside the blocs, that is approximately the rate of natural growth. So much for [President Obama's] claim of 'aggressive construction.'"

With regard to the arrest of Palestinians, are we to ignore ongoing Palestinian terror against Israeli civilians? Carter doesn't bother to mention that more than 100 rockets and mortar shells have been fired at Israeli towns and cities from Hamas-controlled Gaza since the beginning of 2014.

Moreover, additional examples of Palestinian terrorism directed against Israeli civilians are not lacking. For example, there was the December 22, 2013 bus bombing in Bat Yam, Israel, in which disaster was averted when an alert passenger noticed a suspicious unattended bag. In January, Israel arrested four Palestinian Islamic Jihad operatives responsible for the bombing, including a Palestinian Authority police officer.

Fifty Palestinians have been killed during the past nine months? Carter's "unbiased" source for this information is Secretary General of the National Palestinian Initiative, Mustafa Al-Barghouti, who declared that "approximately" 50 Palestinians had been killed ( Regrettably, Carter and Barghouti fail to inform us whether this number includes terrorists killed while firing rockets or terrorists who died in "work place accidents" while preparing bombs.

But why should we be surprised by any of this, given Carter's hatred of Israel? As noted by The Elder of Zion (

"In February, 1982, Syria's president Hafez al-Assad murdered between 30-40,000 people in the city of Hama.

A year later, in March 1983, Jimmy Carter referred to the mass murderer as 'a close personal friend' who he has a 'special relationship' with. He expressed the hope that if Assad would come to the negotiating table, he could be on the same side as the Egyptians, Palestinians, Jordanians, and Americans in pressuring - Israel."

Hafez al-Assad was of course the father of Syria's current leader, mass murderer Bashar al-Assad, responsible for the use of chemical weapons against civilians.

Why does WaPo still provide Carter with a platform to vent his thinly disguised anti-Semitism? God only knows.


  1. Awaiting the day when Israel no longer need apologize for building homes for its citizens.

    Carter is still riding the wave of the cumbaya-touchy-feelie rep he enjoyed when he first became prez. The humble peanut farmer as statesman. Deafer, dumber and blinder than ever.

  2. There are some very good reasons that Americans kicked Mr. Carter to the curb as a one-termer; this explains some of it.