Israeli PM and President refuse to meet Jimmy Carter
Can you blame them?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin are refusing to meet with former President Jimmy Carter during Carter’s trip to Israel.
The Israeli presidency is a mostly ceremonial post in the parliamentary system, so the feelings must be strong for the President of Israel to refuse to meet Carter.
The Times of Israel reports:
Both the president and prime minister declined the invitations after consulting with the Foreign Ministry and the National Security Council.
A senior diplomatic official told Channel 10, which broke the news, that Carter is “a disaster for Israel,” and that all Israeli leaders should refrain from meeting the former president, due to his “anti-Israel positions.”
The official was also quoted as saying that while Netanyahu and Rivlin refused to meet with him, Israel had approved Carter’s request to visit the Gaza Strip….
Carter was the subject of much criticism in Israel over his 2006 book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” in which he wrote: “Israel’s continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Middle East.”
In 2013, Carter called on the European Union to label products from West Bank settlements, which, he argued, are illegal under international law, although he rejected a full economic boycott to pressure Israel over the settlements.
Carter’s complete cluelessness as to Hamas is legendary:
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“Can you blame them?”
HELL, no…!!! I wouldn’t be caught dead in his company! Some of those Arafat cooties might have a LONG life…
And of course the fault will be Netanyahu’s and the Israeli President’s.
Carter’s position is not even worth peanuts. I wish I could understand his mindset, but then no amount of therapy could reverse the ingrained derangement. Another bad mistake by the American electorate.
Somebody should ask the old fool if he’s read the Hamas Covenant.
Prediction: Herzog and Livni will greet him warmly, like a close ally.
Billy was the smart one.
That’s Miz Roz’lin used to say…
Heh. Half of America would refuse to meet Jimmy Carter.
This is good, but what I’d really like to see is Bibi give obola the middle finger, on camera, preferably at the UN.
Carter has always been dumber than a bag of rocks and played a very significant role in bringing the ayatollahs to power in Iran. Great move.
Jimmy Carter is a terrible human being. Jay Nordlinger has written much against him over at National Review. Good for Israel.
Carter today, Obama tomorrow.
The now, second worst president ever.
I wish someone would drop that fool into the middle of gaza.
Please allow Mr. Carter into the Gaza Strip. Please do not allow him to return into Israel.
I think Carter should visit ISIS and bring his cultivated naive policy on peace to them. Like Obama Carter will be honored with the ISIS version of Nobel Peace Prize-a head.
BTW: I’ve seen reports of ISIS decimating ancient relics.
In 2008, former President Jimmy Carter claimed that Israel possesses a nuclear arsenal of 150 weapons.
Who hates Israel more – James Earl Carter Junior or Barack Hussein Obama II?
Maybe Isis will treat him to a day at the beach…
They shouldn’t let him into the country. They should shoot his plane down.
Carter was the most naive president we’ve had ever except perhaps for the current one (who does it more deliberately than by accident). Carter gave us the current Iran and our current president now wants to give away the store to them and even subsidize them with our tax money. To be charitable, perhaps age and senility have caught up with Carter. The Israelis are right not to take him seriously or to meet with him, he has become sort of a joke. I’m surprised they let him in at all. Having done so, perhaps they should take him to visit places hit by rockets from Gaza and to meet with some of the Israeli wounded from rockets and suicide attacks.
If Carter complains, he needs to be called out on his hypocrisy, AGAIN. When he wrote his book “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid” and went to Brandeis, he refused to have a discussion with Alan Dershowitz about his views on Israel.
So now he wants to have discussions with the leaders of Israel? I think Dershowitz was spot on:
“You can always tell when a public figure has written an indefensible book: when he refuses to debate it in the court of public opinion,” Dershowitz wrote. “And you can always tell when he’s a hypocrite to boot: when he says he wrote a book in order to stimulate a debate and then he refuses to participate in any such debate.”
He wants to state his views, but not consider opposing viewpoints.
Q: What does Jimmy Carter have in common with the Long Island Railroad?
A: They both pull out of Roslyn at 6:45.
Carter comes from one of these crazy evangelical Christian sects which believes that nuclear Armageddon is a necessity to occur in the Middle East which will then set the stage for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ as a temporal ruler on Earth.
OK, I call shenanigans on this comment. Perhaps you were attempting to be funny, but even tho this is an “in house” blog, this is a stupid comment. Jimmy used to be a member of the Southern Baptist Convention, which is a conservative evangelical group that holds to a high view of scripture. He left that group to help form the New Baptist Covenant denomination or group. Wikipedia says “New Baptist Covenant is an association of Baptist organizations formed to address poverty, the environment and global conflicts.” Hence, they are more concerned with social justice issues.
I enjoy this blog and I identify as an evangelical. I don’t know how you would define a “crazy evangelical” from a garden variety one, but I am aware of none that seeks a nuclear war to precipitate Armageddon.
Carter is clearly a Jew hater. Calling him a crazy whatever works for me.
“…but I am aware of none that seeks a nuclear war to precipitate Armageddon.”
Between the two Jew haters, Carter and Obama, you may just find out.
“Can you blame them?”
Wrong premise. Closer to the right premise would be, “Should you forgive him?”
Apologizing for your existence means you don’t believe you should exist. Be bold in your assertion in your right to THRIVE. Humility is overrated for western cultures and underrated in specific human beings.
LBJ was a lot worse than Jimmy. He sent 500,000 men to fight and die in Vietnam in order to make himself look good. Even worse he prevented them in from even trying to win. This disaffected a whole generation. Then there is his war on the poor that created the ghetto gangster class that commits half of the crime in the U.S..