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January 13, 2015 1:25 pm

Jimmy Carter: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict ‘One of the Origins’ of Islamic Terrorism

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Jimmy Carter said the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is contributing to the recent wave of terrorism in France. Photo: Mark Turner via Wikimedia Commons. – Former US president Jimmy Carter blamed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as fueling Muslim terrorist attacks and contributing to the recent wave of terrorism in France.

During an appearance on Comedy Central‘s The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart asked Carter what he thought were the factors behind the recent attacks in Paris.

“Well, one of the origins for it is the Palestinian problem,” Carter said. “And this aggravates people who are affiliated in any way with the Arab people who live in the West Bank and Gaza, what they are doing now—what’s being done to them. So I think that’s part of it.”

Carter, who accused Israel of becoming an “apartheid state” in his 2006 book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid and has met with leaders of the Hamas terrorist group, did not elaborate on how the “Palestinian problem” caused the recent attacks in France nor how solving the Israeli-Palestinian issue would resolve the violent conflicts currently plaguing the Arab world.

The former president went on to say that the world is witnessing “a new evolutionary development in terrorism.”

“I think this is a new evolutionary development in terrorism, where people go into Syria, they get trained there, they have a passport from France, from Great Britain or from the United States,” Carter said. “They stay there for a few months and learn how to be a terrorist and then they come back through Turkey and you know they have been there and you know who they are. And I think this event in Paris is going to waken up the people in charge of security to watch those people more closely than they have in the past—and not single out all of the Muslims in the country.”

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  • Watch carefully the photography, the women standing next to Jimmy C.
    A Jew – hater witch derives from fear of starvation

  • Watch carefully the photography, the women standing next to Jimmy C.
    A Jew hater witch derives from fear of starvation

  • After profound meditation I have been allowed to reveal the genuine root cause of the Israeli-Arab problem and the root cause of all other world problems. In one word, G-d ! Had the Almighty not created the world there would be no human problems, therefore Mr Carter should turn his complaint Heavenward.

  • I wondered how long it would take for someone to blame Charlie Hebdo on Israel. It didn’t take long for Jimmy Carter to be the first to blame us. I recall just after 9 / 11 when people tried to blame the situation on Israel and the Arabs, while the terrorists themselves were on record saying they were motivated by the presence of ‘infidel’ American soldiers stationed in the holy land of Saudi. It’s a long-standing tradition for the media to find someone to blame Israel for anything and every thing.

  • DocReality

    He’s either been a closeted Jew-hater his entire life, or he’s suffering from dementia. Either way, it’s not acceptable.

    • Richard Morris

      I’ve never been a fan of Carter. But perhaps with age comes wisdom.

      Sadly, Carter could be right. For millennia, The Middle East has been in turmoil, with Jews, Muslims, polytheists, and Christians fighting to reign.

      After the displacement of Palestinians, they and their radical Muslim supporters, without a regular military, resorted to time-honored asymmetric warfare. And terrorism took on a life.

      In my view, the attack on Charlie, as deplorable as it was, was more like a behind-the-lines military raid on an enemy’s propaganda arm rather than a pure terrorist action.

  • dante

    some would dismiss carter as a sick old fool who has a pathological obsession with Israel (and the Jews). and, there is, of course, something to that. at the same time, one would be mistaken to believe that carter’s latest stupidity, i.e. his connection of the Paris massacres with some notional Israeli misconduct, is merely the product of some mental disease or defect or even of his obvious bigotry. no, carter’s problem is that he has to keep himself relevant and to try to persuade the dwindling public that pays attention to him that his obsession with Israel is justified: carter has made a second career of condemning Israel, whatever the subject, whatever the occasion, whatever the venue; he’s dug himself in so deep that he can’t bring himself to confront his colossal folly and he can’t bring himself to contemplate a public confession of error. he is, in fact, a pathetic old fool with a pathological obsession and his world would collapse, utterly, if he allowed himself a moment of honesty. that’s just not going to happen.

  • Scott

    Alzheimer’s set in long ago. he’s forgotten that Yassar Arafat was a terrorist through and through.
    He’s forgotten that the Palestinians are not Western, liberal minded individuals who want their “state”.
    He forgot that hey want the entirety of Israel and all Jews to be put to death.

    He forgot where he put his moral compass a lifetime ago……..

  • charlie johnson

    He still smarts from his one term president syndrome.

  • Dave O

    And how would Carter’s theory of “Palestine” explain inter religious Muslim violence in say Syria or Iraq or the violence of Boko Haram against civilians in Nigeria? What of Islamist Egyptian attacks against Coptic Christians? Are they all the result of Israeli policy too? Pretzel logic from Carter, unchallenged by Stewart of course.

  • Robert Weintraub

    To think that man was president. The so called deficiencies of Israel are the only thing he seems to focus on. As a ninety two year old I say he’s giving old age a bad reputation.


    I wonder if the $15 million and counting that Carter received from his uber rich Gulf donors has influenced his viewpoints.

    I still can’t figure out how much of Carter’s hostility comes from blatant anti-Semitism and how much comes from Arab “donations” to his “Foundation.”

  • Santor

    At least he admit that its muslim terrorists!

  • Carter is an anti semite, plain and simple

  • Sue

    What did Stewart say in reply? Probably nothing, knowing his viewpoint.

  • eviathar ben-zedeff

    blatant idiotism of nut growing jerks is another source/reason of arab terrorism