Jimmy Carter's call for Israel to recognize Hamas as a "legitimate" political movement reveals the former president as a "simpleton'' who is not a friend of the Jewish state, outspoken Rabbi Shmuley Boteach says.
"He is the simpleton who always believes whoever the weaker party is, is automatically the righteous party,'' Boteach said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"He is amoral, but I'm not going to say he's anti-Semitic. He's not a friend of Israel. He's been a very lean critic of Israel, but he's not worth discussing."
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"Most people would rather forget he was the president of the United States because of the damage he did to this country, especially in international relations and the way he weakened us, the rise of Islamist fundamentalism in Iran under his watch.''
Carter claims that Hamas ''represents a substantial portion of the Palestinian people'' and says recognition would “begin to provide the right incentives for Hamas to lay down its weapons.''
But Boteach — an Orthodox rabbi who is founder of This World: The Values Network, a New Jersey-based group that promotes Judaism and the development of Israel — believes Hamas is incorrigible.
"What you have with Hamas is an organization that truly is fueled entirely by hate,'' Boteach said. "Hatred is an incredibly powerful emotion. Look at what ferocious fighters they are. Look how far the Nazis made it in conquering all of Europe so quickly.''
"Hatred is a phenomenal fuel, but it ultimately can't last because it can't give people a decent life.''
Boteach believes the Palestinian people are beginning to reject Hamas, but they still are culpable. "Hamas was democratically elected and that's an indictment of the Palestinian population in Gaza. These killers and murderers are your elected representatives,'' he said.
"Are they finally going to stand up or are they not going to see that the Arabs in Israel live with the greatest freedoms and that the 1.5 million Arabs-Israeli citizens actually have the best lives of any Arab citizens in the Middle East? That remains to be seen. Or will hate continue to dominate?''
Boteach is incensed that The Times of London refused to run an ad featuring Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel condemning Hamas for using children as human shields
The ad, sponsored by Boteach's group, has already run in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, among other American newspapers. And, according to the New York Observer, President Barack Obama was shown the ad by Wiesel personally last week.
"Elie Wiesel … is the conscious of the Holocaust world's most important expert on genocide. He's one of the most respected human beings alive,'' Boteach told Steve Malzberg.
"When Elie Wiesel comes along and says that Hamas is not just engaging in human shields, but … sacrificing their kids on this higher altar of Islamist idealism in order to exterminate and annihilate the people of Israel and the state of Israel, that's a very powerful ad.
"The London Times told us that they would not publish it because it could be seen as insensitive to many of their [readers. This] could only mean their most diehard anti-Israel and anti-Semitic readers.''
Boteach called the rejection of the ad a case of "bias and prejudice of the worst kind.''
"Britain also believes in freedom of the press and freedom of expression. They're not just freedoms enshrined in our constitution. This is a travesty,'' he said.
He also said he was puzzled as to why Rupert Murdoch, the owner of The Times whom he described as "phenomenal friend to the state of Israel,'' would allow the paper to kill the ad.
"It's mystifying. What makes it even more so is that as of last night our ad buyer told us that we were at 99 percent for The Guardian to accept this ad,'' Boteach said. "The Guardian is not a friend of Israel … It's astonishing that they would accept that and The Times would not …
"Hamas is a gay-hating, women-bashing, honor-killing, death cult. If you have sympathy for Hamas, you don't have a broken moral compass, you have no morality at all.''
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