Sometimes the naivetÃ© of Jimmy Carter is breathtaking, indeed, beyond breathtaking.
First, I was delighted (and somewhat surprised to read) that when the failed former president met with leaders of the Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist organization, he “proposed Hamas unilaterally stop rocket fire on Israel and release [kidnapped Israeli solider Gilad] Shalit in exchange for no more targeted assassinations of its leaders and the release of 400 prisoners.”
Yet, did it ever dawn on this Democrat that the activities he was asking Hamas to stop doing defined the organization? That they would cross sovereign territory and kidnap one soldier, that its forces fire rockets indiscriminately on sovereign Israeli territory? And that they demand the release 400 prisoners, many who have attempted to kill Israeli soldiers and civilians in exchange for just one Israeli soldier.
Can’t he see the distinction between a nation that would release 400 individuals, many of whom when freed, would take up arms against it for just one, just one of its soldiers?
No, such distinctions seem beyond this bitter old man.
Read carefully what he said about Hamas that they “would accept a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, if approved by Palestinians.” Hamas also told Carter they were “willing to accept the Jewish state as a ‘neighbor next door’.”
Yet, despite these promises, before that Democrat had even left the Middle East, Hamas continued its past practics, carrying out “twin suicide bombings on the Gaza border” and firing “seven rockets were fired on Israel.”
Note the clause I bolded and italicized. Given how the Palestinian government (and its subservient media) educates its people, that’s a pretty big condition. The media regularly attacks Israel, denies its right to exist while its schools (and children’s programs) indoctrinate its children to hate Jews and tells them of the future when they will return to all lands which they claim Israel seized, rewriting, in the process, not only the history of the past hundred years, but also of the past three thousand years.
Doesn’t Jimmy see it as a problem that Hamas “would never outright recognize the Jewish State.” Can a nation live in peace next to another whose existence it does not recognize?
Did Jimmy Carter ask the top Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal if he would stop teaching Palestinian children to hate Jews, stop teaching them that all of what is now Israel will one day be theirs? Did he ask him to stop running television programs to the same effect?
Jimmy Carter is breathtakingly naive because he doesn’t recognize that as long as the Palestinian schools teach hatred and the Palestinian media calls for the destruction of Israel, the Palestinian people will never approve a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders. Meshal’s words were just empty rhetoric designed to appease an unhappy and naive old man.
This isn’t the first time Jimmy’s been duped. The rockets started flying within days of his pleas.
And he didn’t even get to the real issue, the enmity which Hamas (and other Palestinian groups) stirs up every day. If Jimmy Carter is really concerned with peace, why didn’t he demand that Hamas stop preaching hatred?
UPDATE:Â Addressing the same subject, Ann Althouse is more succinct:Â “What a tool.”