Organizers of the Democratic National Convention announced on Tuesday that former Georgia Governor James Earl Carter, Jr., also known “Jimmy,” with a long anti-Israel record since his forced retirement twenty-eight years ago, will address the gathering next Monday, August 25.
Carter, who served one term as president from 1977-1981 before being defeated in landslide in the 1980 election, carrying only six states, has, since that defeat, blamed Israel for most of the problems in the conflict the Jewish State faces with the Palestinian Arabs. Â Earlier this year, despite objections by his own nation’s State Department, the disgraced former president met withÂ Khaled Meshal, a leader of the Hamas organization, in Syria.
The State Department has designated Hamas a terrorist organization.
He called Israeli treatment of the Palestinians, Â “one of the greatest human rights crimes on earth,” yet did not offer any such hyperbolic language to condemn the Palestinian authority which tacitly condones suicide bombings. Â Indeed, the governing party of that authority, Fatah, is linked to a terrorist organization, the Al Asqa brigades.
Carter even ignored Israel’s right to defend its borders when it, in 2006, responded to attacks from the terrorist organization, Hezbollah, based in Lebanon, across Israel’s northern border.
If presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama wishes to assure voters of his commitment to the Jewish State, he will remove this anti-Israel speaker from the program of its party’s convention.
UPDATE: Â Here’s a reason why Carter’s presence should trouble Obama:Â Obama’s Numbers With Jewish Voters Drop Below McGovern’s.
UP-UPDATE: In a must-read piece on Pajamas, Phyllis Chesler has more on the Democrats’ choice of this anti-Israel politician to speak on the opening night of their convention.