Jimmy Carter’s Palestinian Naivete

by John Hawkins | February 21, 2006 9:46 am

Yesterday, Jimmy Carter — being Jimmy Carter — wrote an article urging Americans to continue to support the Palestinians despite the fact that they pulled the lever at the ballot box for Hamas[1] — a genocidal terrorist group that openly opposes making peace with Israel and tells anyone who’ll listen that they want to kill the Israelis and take their land.

Here are a few of the highlights from the “Killer Rabbit Slayer’s” effort:

“Abbas also has the power to select and remove the prime minister, to issue decrees with the force of law when parliament is not in session, and to declare a state of emergency. As commander in chief, he also retains ultimate influence over the National Security Force and Palestinian intelligence.

…The role of the prime minister was greatly strengthened while Abbas and Ahmed Qureia served in that position under Yasser Arafat, and Abbas has announced that he will not choose a prime minister who does not recognize Israel or adhere to the basic principles of the “road map.”

In other words, Hamas may have a majority of the parliamentary seats, but the real power will be with Abbas and the new prime minister. Well, it looks like they have a new prime minister[2] and somehow, I don’t think the old, “road map to peace,” will be something he’ll be pulling out of the dashboard anytime soon:

“Hamas has chosen Ismail Haniyeh as the new Palestinian Prime Minister Monday. Haniyeh was present with Palestinan president Mahmoud Abbas to accept his appoint as Palestine’s new PM. Haniyeh’s appointment is the first step toward installing the first government to be headed by the militant Islamic group, Hamas.”

I’m sure Jimmy is shocked, shocked, I tell you that Abbas didn’t select a peacenik for the PM post.

After going on from there to complain that the US and Israel were cutting off funds to the Palestinian government, Carter adds:

“This common commitment to eviscerate the government of elected Hamas officials by punishing private citizens may accomplish this narrow purpose, but the likely results will be to alienate the already oppressed and innocent Palestinians, to incite violence, and to increase the domestic influence and international esteem of Hamas. It will certainly not be an inducement to Hamas or other militants to moderate their policies.”

Yes, the US and Israel had better keep on giving the Palestinians more money or they might become, “alienated,” it could, “incite violence,” — oh, and Hamas might get so mad that they’ll start blowing up buses or something. You know how psycho those terrorists get when they don’t have a fat wad of Israeli or American bills in their pockets.

Only Jimmy Carter could look at a group of terrorists — who’re essentially telling the world that they want to finish what the Nazis started — and get worried about what they might do if they get angry because the people they’d like to see dead don’t want to give them any more money.

Here’s one more paragraph from Jimmy:

“A negotiated agreement is the only path to a permanent two-state solution, providing peace for Israel and justice for the Palestinians. In fact, if Israel is willing to include the Palestinians in the process, Abbas can still play this unique negotiating role as the unchallenged leader of the PLO (not the government that includes Hamas).”

Here’s an interesting thought: if the whole two state solution is, at its heart, supposed to be all about, “land for peace,” isn’t it a waste of time for Israel to negotiate with a guy who obviously can’t deliver the “peace” part of the deal? You’d think so, wouldn’t you?

But, you’re not Jimmy Carter.

Carter is a walking, talking billboard for why Democrats can’t be trusted with our national security and as you read the column, the following 8 words will continually flash through your mind, “I can’t believe this guy was ever President.”

  1. Hamas: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4735934.stm
  2. new prime minister: http://www.axcessnews.com/modules/wfsection/article.php?articleid=8252

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