President Jimmy Carter is the reason Israel and the Palestinians are still at war and nobody should listen to anything Carter has to say about the Middle East, according to Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, who appeared Wednesday on "America’s Forum" on NewsmaxTV
with Anti-Defamation League President Abe Foxman.
The men weighed in on Carter’s recent suggestion that the International Criminal Court in The Hague should investigate both Israel and Hamas for possible war crimes.
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"[Carter] recommended to Yasser Arafat that Yasser Arafat turn down the deal that … would have resulted in the Palestinian state," Dershowitz said. "He has blood of thousands of Jews and Palestinians on his hands. He should just stop talking about the Middle East.
"The idea that the International Criminal Court should create moral equivalence between a democracy — which has the most moral army in the world and has fewer civilian casualties than any other army in history — facing comparable threats to a terrorist regime that includes Hamas, that commits multiple war crimes every time it sends a rocket, is so obnoxious and so hypocritical and so typical of Jimmy Carter that the world understands that he has made himself irrelevant and tossed himself into the trash pan of history."
Foxman agreed, saying Carter’s longstanding disdain for Jews is well-known and that he views the world through an Arab-Israeli "fixation."
"Jimmy Carter has always had a problem with Jews and it borders on anti-Semitism," he said. "In the midst of this tragedy, in the midst of this serious debate, to again blame it on Israel. He said that the terrorism and the reason the Jews and this anti-Semitism problem (exist) is because of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
"It's sad, because he was the president of the United States
and people listen. What we should do is stop listening to him."
Continuing to create a moral equivalency between Hamas and Israel, as Carter suggests, only encourages Hamas acts of terror, Dershowitz added, feeding right into their hands.
"They want to be in the same room as a well-respected democracy and on the same plain and it's an invitation to Hamas to continue to do this and Jimmy Carter is going to have even more blood on his hands," he said.
"The tragedy is that among some people in the world he's respected and his word carries some weight and that shouldn't be the case anymore than Bishop Tutu
, both of whom have a big Jewish problem.
"Jimmy Carter goes back to the time he was running for governor. He has a long, long history of theological anti-Semitism coupled with virulent anti-Israelism. He never met a terrorist he didn't like. He loved Yasser Arafat and he hated every Israeli leader he ever met."
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