Jimmy Carter calls for recognizing terror group Hamas
Jim Michaels, USA TODAY | August 5, 2014
Former president Jimmy Carter called on the West to recognize the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hamas as a legitimate “political actor” that represents the bulk of the Palestinian population.
Carter made the comments in an article he co-wrote with former Irish president Mary Robinson in a new issue of Foreign Policy magazine. It was published as a cease-fire took hold Tuesday after four weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas, which governs Gaza.
In a sharply worded rebuke to Israel, Carter and Robinson said, “There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defense Forces are conducting this war.“
Israel launched an air and ground offensive into Gaza in response to Hamas militants firing rockets from Gaza into Israel. The Palestinian Health Ministry said nearly 1,900 Palestinians, most civilians, have died in the fighting. Israel said 64 of its soldiers and three civilians were killed.
Hamas, the United Nations and the United States have condemned Israel for strikes on schools used as shelters that have caused many civilian casualties. The United Nations, the United States and Israel have accused Hamas of hiding weapons in schools and other civilian locations.
Carter has emerged in recent years as an outspoken critic of Israel, taking provocative stands on the long-running Mideast conflict.
Following Carter’s advice to recognize Hamas would alienate Israel, undermine Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, a more moderate figure who governs the West Bank, and anger the Egyptians, who helped negotiate a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, Miller said.
Read the op-ed here
So Jimma is back in the news, surprise surprise! He wasted no time jumping on Israel. But then he just puts voice to Obama’s actions. I’m only surprised ol’ Jimma is not booked solid with all the Antisemitic protests taking place. He must be in high demand. But that’s probably why he had to spread it in a national op-ed, just to get the word out.
Let’s start with the real lack of “humane or legal justification” for Hamas’ actions. Oh he cares nothing about that. I know someone who cannot be wished away.