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Jimmy Carter and Israel: 6 Pundits Who Weighed In on Former President's Middle East Stance

By    |   Sunday, 14 December 2014 08:48 PM

Bloggers and pundits have slammed former President Jimmy Carter for his criticism of Israel and support for recognizing the terrorist group Hamas as a legitimate political actor.

Carter's 2006 book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" outraged Jewish leaders who blasted the former president for what appeared to be his likening of Israel's settlement practices to apartheid and how he placed most of the blame for a lack of peace on Israel, according to Jewishchronicle.com.

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Harvard Law professor and legal analyst Alan Dershowitz wrote in the New York Sun that the book was so biased that it raised the question of what would motivate a decent man like Jimmy Carter to write such a book.

“Whatever Mr. Carter's motives may be, his authorship of this ahistorical, one-sided, and simplistic brief against Israel forever disqualifies him from playing any positive role in fairly resolving the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians,” he wrote. 

Author Raymond Learsy wrote his opinion of the book in a Huffington Post blog post. He indicated Carter and others who describe the Israelis as intransigent, unbending “colonizers” routinely overlook the reality that Israel fought and won the Six-Day War in 1967 against Arab armies for whom victory “might well have resulted not only in the elimination of the Jewish State but also in the murderous destruction of its Jewish citizenry.”

But Carter’s statements in the book were defended by “Palestine Pundit” blogger Tony Karon.

Karon wrote that the U.S. Jewish establishment’s “onslaught” on Carter was “based on him daring to tell the truth which is known to all: through its army, the government of Israel practises a brutal form of Apartheid in the territory it occupies."

"Its army has turned every Palestinian village and town into a fenced-in, or blocked-in, detention camp," he added. "All this is done in order to keep an eye on the population’s movements and to make its life difficult.”

Carter drew further criticism after he and Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, jointly recommended last August that the West recognize the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hamas as a legitimate "political actor" that represents the bulk of the Palestinian population.

Andrew Zarowny of Rightpundits.comdescribed the suggestion as “just plain stupidity.”

Zarowny added: “Israeli Defense Forces are only acting in self-defense to the aggression by Hamas. During the past five attempts at a cease fire, Hamas broke the peace each time. Even the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank is having a hard time dealing with the rogue government in Gaza.”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, wrote in Frontpagemag.com post that Carter “just can’t seem to stop reminding everyone of why he was a one-term president.”

Greenfield added, “Carter presumes that Hamas wants to lay down its weapons. There is no evidence of that whatsoever.”

Clashdaily.com’s Audrey Russo used the term “nutjob” to describe Carter, a 90-year-old Georgia peanut farmer.

She concluded, “Being on this earth for nine decades, one would expect someone to be enlightened to the truth. But alas and alack…Jimmy continues to be Hamas’ hack.”

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