Carter cries rivers – for Gazans

Posted: June 17, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Gaza, Hamas, Palestinians, Politics


IT SEEMS FORMER US President Jimmy Carter just can’t get enough attention, sparking himself to go as far as legitimize Jewish settler enterprise in occupied Palestinian land. Carter, though, could not forget his best friends, and took himself to meet HAMAS, start a poorly conducted sob fest and criticize Israel. This job was tailored for him by divine intervention of Allah, no less.

Touring several sites destroyed by the IDF during Cast Lead, Carter told journalists at a press conference that

"I am very affected. I must hold back my tears at seeing the destruction that was inflicted on your people," he said.

"I came to the American School. It taught your children, it was funded by my country and I see that it was deliberately destroyed by bombs dropped by F-16 manufactured in my country. I feel partly responsible for what happened and all the Americans and the Israelis must have the same feeling," he added.

While it is obviously admirable of a person to feel deeply sorry for Palestinian people – especially for those innocent civilians who died during the operation. It is clear, however, that the casualties are the result of HAMAS’ long-lived policy of fighting to destroy Israel. Which Carter somewhat acknowledged, by calling to end “all” violence, including rockets falling on Sderot.

carter1 Carter clearly takes reconciliatory stance. One might ask, however, if he is going too far. I understand his will to receive the Nobel peace prize in his final years, but isn’t holding hands with a ruthless dictator is a bit over the top? Is he actually fine with Ismail Haniyeh, the man who gives orders to shoot at Israel (some of those shots killed Palestinians instead)? Is he okay with the fact that HAMAS executed activists of the rival party, executed ‘collaborators’ with Israel (largely without any formal hearing at all) and gave orders to his men to take cover in civilian neighborhoods, while he was hiding under a hospital? Call me crazy, but there is something seriously out of whack here.

The news article also mentioned a – no doubt – well-staged appearance of a desperate Palestinian willing to enter a “shoving match” with the surrounding bodyguards:

"They all come here and look at us like we’re animals and then they go home," said Majid Athamna. "We’re not animals, we’re human beings."

"If he wants to come and visit us, he has to listen to us."

By the way, Yigal Walt at Ynet, tells Carter that it might a the time to – well – change his tune. Carter’s blunder in Iran was by far the largest donation to the revolution which brought the radical regime to power. Now, it seems, Carter does same in Gaza. Is this nuts, or what? I could understand his will to fight for human rights, but is bringing the abusers of those to power a good idea? Or is Carter just too old?

  1. […] we just thought he might give in to Barack Obama’s pleasant charm, walk out and hug us all – as demonstrated by Jimmy Carter, in his recent meeting with Gazan terror leader Ismail […]

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