Just what about total annihilation of the Jews by Palestinian, Arab and Muslim people does Jimmy Carter not understand? Carter's latest leap into the foreign policy breach resulted in his declaration that the terrorist organization Hamas had accepted Israel's "right to exist," if Israel occupied a Palestinian state on Palestinian territories and retreated to pre-1967 Arab-Israeli war borders, borders changed after Israel was attacked by some of the very people who still want the nation's elimination. The working strategy of Israel's enemies is: if at first you don't succeed in killing enough Jews, then try, try again.
Hamas immediately denied Carter's claim it is willing to recognize Israel and introduced the usual caveats about Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, "right of return" for "Palestinian refugees" and so forth. We've heard it all before. Israel's and our enemies tell us what we want to hear while continuing their terrorist and murderous acts in order to achieve their objectives.
Carter has a history of believing (and smooching) murderous thugs. He's kissed and/or met with the late Soviet dictator Leonid Brezhnev (Carter expressed surprise that Brezhnev had lied to him about invading Afghanistan in 1979. Memo to Carter: dictators lie and so do totalitarian groups like Hamas); the late Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat, Hamas' political leader, Khalid Mashaal and North Korea's Kim Jong-Il, who he falsely claimed had agreed to suspend his nuclear weapons program. In each of these meetings, Carter has served the interests, not of peace, or of his own country, but the interests of the dictatorial regimes whose prestige has been elevated by the visit of an American ex-president.
The false premise on which all negotiations with Islamic terrorists have been based is that the terrorists lack something that, if they got it, would bring about instant peace, reconciliation and the study of war no more. This is wishful thinking bordering on self-delusion. Despite multiple concessions over many years, peace overtures, goodwill gestures and offering up of land captured from the very people who have tried before and will try again to destroy Israel, many on the political left in Israel, Europe and America cling to the fiction that it is only Israel that is an impediment to "peace."
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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