Former President Jimmy Carter, who once accused Israel of being an “apartheid state” worse than South Africa, has gone even further, rebuking the Jewish State for the way it has waged war with Hamas while actually siding with the terrorists.
Writing together with former Irish president Mary Robinson in Foreign Policy magazine, Mr. Carter stated that, “There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defense Forces are conducting this war,” calling on Israel and the West to recognize Hamas’s “legitimacy as a political actor.”
Mr. Carter claims that Hamas, by recently joining together with the Palestinian Authority,
“pledged to adopt the three basic principles demanded by the Middle East Quartet comprised of the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and Russia: nonviolence, recognition of Israel, and adherence to past agreements.”
But, he laments, “Tragically, Israel rejected this opportunity for peace and has succeeded in preventing the new government's deployment in Gaza.”
With all respect to two former presidents, these words are outlandish.
Where is the categorical statement of Hamas leadership that it was willing to recognize Israel and repudiate violence? Where is their renunciation of their foundational calls for the elimination of the Jewish people from all of historic Palestine?
As reported on May 21st by Arutz Sheva’s Israel National News, Senior Hamas official Salah Bardawil stated that, “Hamas’s platform is known to everyone and is not unambiguous. Any referral to handling the Palestinian issue through peaceful means implies the cleansing of Palestine from foreigners who entered in 1948, before and after this time.”
Yes, Hamas leadership reiterated their call for the ethnic cleansing of the Jews from Palestine 10 weeks ago, and it is a call with deep ideological roots.
Hamas commemorated Israel’s 66th birthday in May with a mock version of Israel’s national anthem, HaTikvah (which means “The Hope”), in which, “The Arabic words of the song twisted that message, warning that it is ‘the end of the hope’ for Israel, that Israel was doomed, and that Jerusalem will be renamed and known by its Arabic name, ‘Al-Quds.’ It also threatens to deport Israelis - or, worse, kill them.”
Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, includingLine of Fire. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.
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