Jimmy Carter is at it again.
The former President and ongoing national embarrassment is preparing to meet with Khaled Meshal, the exiled head of the Palestinian terror group Hamas next week. The U.S. State Department considers Hamas a "foreign terrorist organization." Most of our European allies agree. Until now, Western leaders have quarantined the Hamas chief.
What kind of man is Carter dignifying? Meshal has called Iran's Ahmadinejad "courageous" for denying the Holocaust. The organization he heads, Hamas, calls for the obliteration of Israel in its charter.
Appeasing thugs and dictators is nothing new for Carter. In 1994 he made a rose colored visit to Kim Il Sung in North Korea; and in 2002 he paid court to Fidel Castro. In his books Carter has written sympathetically of the late Syrian tyrant Hafez Assad, who once slaughtered over 30,000 of his own countrymen in the town of Hama to main his hold on power.
But as the Freedom Center's pamphlet Jimmy Carter's War Against the Jews shows, Carter has made a special mission during his former presidency in apologizing for the Palestinians and acting as judge and jury of Israel. Obviously anti Israel in his advocacy of figures such as the late terror leader Yasser Arafat, Carter has come perilously close to anti-Semitism in some of his pronouncements here at home, especially his claim that "university campuses with high Jewish enrollment" have attempted to stifle debate about problems in the Middle East. We need to get the word out to Americans about the danger that Jimmy Carter poses to the U.S., to Israel and to freedom everywhere.
Follow the link on frontpagemag.com to the terrorismawareness.org project to see our flash video on Carter's destructivediplomacy in the Middle East and his use of the office of former president to press the radical Palestinian cause and attempt to stigmatize Israel's efforts to defend itself against terror.
Jimmy Carter's meeting with Meshal and attempt to confer legitimacy on Hamas is appalling and must be condemned. Please help us circulate this important video to the widest possible audience. Now, more than ever, we need to show Americans the truth about Carter's venomous agenda in the Middle East and create a national outcry against his appeasement of one of the most sinister terror leaders in the world.
U.S., Israel Criticize Carter Plans to See Hamas
Thursday, April 10, 2008 10:34 PM
WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it had advised former President Jimmy Carter against meeting the leader of Hamas in Syria next week, saying it went against U.S. policy of isolating the militant group.
Carter plans to visit Israel, the West Bank, Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Jordan during a nine-day trip due to start on Sunday but gave no details of specific meetings.
"This is a study mission and our purpose is not to negotiate but to support and provide momentum for current efforts to secure peace in the Middle East," the Carter Center said in a statement.
"Our delegation has considerable experience in the region, and we go there with an open mind and heart to listen and learn from all parties," it said.
Carter, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, discussed with the State Department's point person on Israeli-Palestinian issues, David Welch, his plans to meet exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Damascus, but the department said it went against U.S. policy.
"We counseled against it," said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.
"U.S. government policy is that Hamas is a terrorist organization and we don't believe it is in the interests of our policy or in the interests of peace to have such a meeting."
Israel's ambassador to the United States, Sallai Meridor, also expressed concern over such a meeting. "The unintended consequences of such a meeting would be to embolden terrorists and undermine the cause of peace," he told Reuters.
Carter, 83, served one term as president from 1977 to 1981. He succeeded in negotiating the 1978 Camp David Accords that paved the way for peace between Israel and Egypt but he has increasingly taken positions highly critical of Israel.
In a 2006 book, he described Israeli policy in the occupied territories as "a system of apartheid."
U.S. policy is to isolate Hamas, which has control of Gaza and is committed to the destruction of Israel. Washington sees pro-Western Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as its partner in U.S.-sponsored peace talks with the Israelis.
PLANS UNDER WAY
"There is an agreement to hold the meeting and arrangements are under way," Hamas official Ayman Taha told Reuters in Gaza of Carter's meeting.
Taha said the meeting was to be held following a request from the Atlanta-based Carter Center, which aims to promote global peace, health, democracy and human rights.
A spokeswoman for Carter declined to comment on specific meetings. The delegation will include former first lady Rosalynn Carter and ex-Congressman Stephen Solarz.
Initially, Carter had hoped to go with a group of 'elder statesmen,' including former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former South African President Nelson Mandela, but the others decided the timing was wrong.
"The elders will consider consultations with key leaders in the region and outside with the purpose of developing a comprehensive report, but have decided to postpone their visit," said a statement on Tuesday from the group of 12 former leaders on their Web site, www.theelders.org.
Carter has been harshly critical of the Bush administration's foreign policy, from the invasion of Iraq to its approach to Iran as well as the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
McCormack said the U.S. government would provide support for Carter's Syrian trip but would not take part in any of his meetings or the planning and scheduling of those talks