Jimmy Carter: Enemy of Israel
For this week’s column I had to employ the use of a thesaurus as I did not have sufficient adjectives in my lexicon to adequately paint a picture of my subject. The word that I looked up was “vile” and it was in reference to former President of the United States Jimmy Carter.
A week ago, in a letter released to the JTA, the former U.S. president sent a seasonal message wishing for peace between Israel and its neighbors, and concluded: “We must recognize Israel’s achievements under difficult circumstances, even as we strive in a positive way to help Israel continue to improve its relations with its Arab populations, but we must not permit criticisms for improvement to stigmatize Israel. As I would have noted at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but which is appropriate at any time of the year, I offer an Al Het for any words or deeds of mine that may have done so.”
This “apology” follows a litany of crimes that he has perpetrated against the Jewish people and the State of Israel that includes an ongoing agenda of delegitimization and active support of Israel’s enemies. To list a few:
Firstly his campaign to bring recognition to the terror group Hamas as an organization that should be included in mainstream dialogue. The NY Times reported Carter as saying that in order to break the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate, “first of all Hamas has to be accepted by the international community as a legitimate player in the future.”
Secondly Carter’s ongoing and extensive acceptance of Arab oil money particularly from Saudi Arabia. The details of which are outlined by Prof. Alan Dershowitz in his April 2007 column for Frontpage Magazine that is aptly entitled “The Real Jimmy Carter.”
‘He has received large sums of money from the Zayed Centre for Coordination and Follow-up, a think-tank funded by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan. The center, run by the Sheikh’s son has hosted speakers who called Jews “the enemies of all nations,” attributed the assassination of John Kennedy to Israel and the Mossad and the 9/11 attacks to the United States’ own military, and stated that the Holocaust was a “fable.”‘
‘The extent of Carter’s financial support from and even dependence on dirty money is still not fully known. What we do know is deeply troubling. Carter and his Center have accepted millions of dollars from suspect sources, beginning with the bail-out of the Carter family peanut business in the late 1970s by BCCI, a now-defunct and virulently anti-Israeli bank indirectly controlled by the Saudi Royal family, and among whose principal investors is Carter’s friend, Sheikh Zayed. Agha Hasan Abedi, the founder of the bank, gave Carter $500,000 to help the former president establish his center and more than $10 million to Mr. Carter’s different projects.’
Lastly and perhaps most seriously, is the publication of his book with the loaded title; “Palestine: Peace not Apartheid.” Of all the topics that a past President could choose to write a book on, he produced this masterpiece of anti- Israel rhetoric, riddled with factual inaccuracies. To an unknowing outsider various comments and statements uttered during the promotional tour that followed its publication could have been taken from a script written by Yassir Arafat himself.
An apology at this point is worse than worthless; it is another crude slap in the face of the Jewish community implying that Jewish self respect is so limited that the use of a few Hebrew words will undo the vast damage that he has caused in sullying and defaming Israel’s image in the eyes of many in the US and around the world.
If Carter thinks his feeble excuse of an apology bears any credence whatsoever, maybe he should think again. If he truly has any serious intentions to reconcile with the Jewish community, he should start by withdrawing all copies of his book still in print, repudiate it’s twisted contents, return funds he has accepted from dirty sources and conclude by denouncing Hamas as an unrepentant terror organization that has wantonly slain countless innocent Israeli civilians and thus has no right to sit in dialogue at the table of nations.
Of course this is not going to happen, as Carter is a recalcitrant shyster of the worst kind; he smiles as he attempts to hold our hand in greeting while his other hand twists a knife in the collective Jewish back.
It was reported more recently that a possible motive for Carter’s apology is the fact that his grandson, Jason Carter, has decided to launch a political career and of course he will be in need of Jewish support.
But in an interview with JTA, he insisted that ethnic electoral considerations were not reason enough to reach out to the Jewish community, although he did not outright deny that it was a factor. “Jason has a district, the number of Jewish voters in it is only 2 percent,” he said, chuckling.
Whatever the case, of course the sins of the fathers are not passed through the generations, but what should go without saying is that if Atlanta Jewish leaders have any self respect they would demand that Jason Carter issue a comprehensive and concise bulleted repudiation of these positions, activities and affiliations of his grandfather if he wants their support.
The audacity of Jimmy Carter is just unfathomable, but he isn’t the only one. In this modern day information age the wars that are waged in the media are of essential importance and the Jewish community must rise to the challenge in the firmest possible manner, fighting the lies and falsehoods and publicly shaming the propagators.