President Carter: Israel – Not Hamas – Is to Blame for War

Says Failure to Recognize Hamas Is the Core Problem

Jimmy Carter spent a lot of effort brokering peace in the Middle East. Some of his efforts succeeded. Since retiring from the White House, he has worked to try to broker  peace.    So he knows something about the Israeli-Palestinian situation.

President Carter wrote yesterday:

This tragedy results from the deliberate obstruction of a promising move toward peace in the region, when a reconciliation agreement among the Palestinian factions was announced in April. This was a major concession by Hamas, in opening Gaza to joint control under a technocratic government that did not include any Hamas members. The new government also 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. Tragically, Israel rejected this opportunity for peace and has succeeded in preventing the new government’s deployment in Gaza.

Carter says that Israel has committed war crimes:

There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defense Forces are conducting this war. Israeli bombs, missiles, and artillery have pulverized large parts of Gaza, including thousands of homes, schools, and hospitals. More than 250,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Gaza. Hundreds of Palestinian noncombatants have been killed. Much of Gaza has lost access to water and electricity completely. This is a humanitarian catastrophe.

There is never an excuse for deliberate attacks on civilians in conflict. These are war crimes. This is true for both sides. Hamas’s indiscriminate targeting of Israeli civilians is equally unacceptable. However, three Israeli civilians have been killed by Palestinian rockets, while an overwhelming majority of the 1,600 Palestinians killed have been civilians, including more than 330 children. The need for international judicial proceedings to investigate and end these violations of international law should be taken very seriously.

Carter also argues that failure to recognize Hamas is the core problem:

First, there must be at least a partial lifting of the 7-year-old sanctions and blockade that isolate the 1.8 million people in Gaza. There must also be an opportunity for the teachers, police, and welfare and health workers on the Hamas payroll to be paid. These necessary requirements for a human standard of living continue to be denied. Instead, Israel blocked Qatar’s offer to provide funds to pay civil servants’ salaries, and access to and from Gaza has been further tightened by Egypt and Israel.

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      please delete.

      • Mark Stuart-Howie

        I will bring peace to the middle east.
        Vote for me because if you do:….
        There will be no more Isreal and no more Palestine..no more “Great shame’
        One country,one God,one economy,hundreds of different holy sights shared by muslims and jews.
        If Britain,in the Balfour Declaration,had not given 50% of Palestine to the jews,if Britain had only rather declared that Jews must be allowed to settle in Palestine then jews now would be sharing instead of fighting.

        • Ken Kelso

          Your facts are completely false.
          Your making it like England gave the Jews a state.
          The British didn’t give one inch of land to the Jews from 1917 to 1948.
          So stop lying.
          On the other hand the British gave the entire East Bank to the Arabs in 1922. The East Bank as 77% of the land and the British named the country after the Jordan river. (Jordan.

    • twilights last gleaming

      They put all these people in an open air prison ,take away their freedoms homes ,water power etc etc ,end then israhell says they don’t like us!

  • Jim G

    Probably the last President who worked for the people of this country. Earlier he wrote a book blaming the Neo Cons for the deterioration of American foreign policy. Thus I figured voting for change would mean the Neos were out. It has only been later that I learned Obama is a compulsive liar, and the Neo Cons run his state department.

    • yo

      Now you know the truth. Don’t play their game anymore, its rigged. If you do have a compulsion to vote, go for grass roots independents or green peace, etc. that have common sense and aren’t liars.

      • Saul

        Sorry,but Greenpeace is one of them.Voting changes nothing.If it did they wouldn`t let us vote.

    • warisaracketbysmedleybutler

      Both parties are bought and paid for by the same masters and interests. Zionists (AIPAC, Jewish Congress, Christian Zionist organizations as well such as Christians United for Israel , etc), Council on Foreign Relations, Bilderberg Group, Pilgrim’s Society, Trilateral Commission, Club of Rome, ad nauseam.

      • Cain Abel

        Seek help.

        • warisaracketbysmedleybutler

          The psychological term for people like you who can’t accept reality when confronted with it face to face is “cognitive dissonance”. Seek mental help in learning to accept reality otherwise stay ignorant. No one has pity for fools who choose to be dumb and deny reality.

          • Cain Abel

            Seriously, you need serious treatment.

          • Congratulations. You’ve been blotted out.

          • Cain Abel

            assh0le

          • Enjoy it. My time. It is soon. Psalm 82.

          • Cain Abel

            Soon is what?

          • “Disneyland” 😉

    • Cain Abel

      Yes, fighting against nuclear energy was very wise and beneficial for the people.
      /sarc

  • not authorized

    Jimmy.. I never thought I would ever say this. Thank you.

  • Garry Best

    X President Carter is 100% correct. But, Isreal is the only country or nation in the world that US of Assassins is not prepared to bomb back to the stone age. That is the huge hypocracy of this whole issue. IMHO.

    • winston16s

      Dumb fuck. Please leave the country.

  • aftermidnight

    The simple reality is that it was a mistake to allow to Jewish homeland in the ME. The U.S., other western powers, and Soviets could have prevented it, as well as all the blood shed since then. The U.S. is interested in promoting our own intersts to the exclusion of all others, which is why we never do anything about the mistreatment of the Palestinians. The slaughter of Palestinians began as soon as Jew arrived from post-WWII with the modern weapons that Arab states were not allowed by the colonial powers to have. What now? If Israel cannot be moved, the world’s powers should dictate and enforce a solution in Palestine that is fair to the Palestinians. And to Jews, I’d say that you are not the only “victims” in the world.

    • bilejones

      The idea that the people of Palestine should be destroyed because of what the Germans did to a bunch of other Europeans was the most obscene idea since WWII.

      • Pravda01

        …learn that those Germans who did it to their own people were Zionist too. Start with Adolf Hitler – who had a Jewish mother, just like Obama. Over 120.000 Jews fought in the German Nazi military, most of Hitler’s cabinet was made by Jews, just like Obama’s.

        • Mary Curry

          BHO’s cabinet is mostly Muslim not Jewish. As are most of his advisors

          • Saul

            Do you believe your own lies Mary Curry?Or are you just reading from the script verbatim.I have to wonder what king of failure you are in life that you have to resort to message board whoring to earn a living.I mean even the lowliest of joooz who fail at finance can usually make it in porn or a mall kiosk,so what happened to you?Too ugly for porn?

          • Mary Curry

            At 66, I have lived through most of what you are spouting off about. Yes, most of BHO’s cabinet, advisors, and political appointees are either Muslim or supporters of Islam. I am all things that people like you hate. I am white, female, independent, and not holding my hand out for O’s freebies. I also do not belong to any party, especially the democraps. I am not a member of any organized religion but I am Wiccan. You are the one that needs to think things out for yourself. I am not a ‘victim’ of so called white entitlement. I worked hard all my life (started babysitting at age 6) and have gone without some necessities at times so my kids could eat and have a roof over their heads. I am a proud vet (USMC 1966-1969) from a family of vets, starting with the French and Indian War. My 4 kids are vets, their father was a vet, So I am an American. I use my 1st Amendment Rights of free speech and say what I think. I do not normally resort to calling people names, but in your case I will make an exception. You sir are an ass. You seem to get your kicks by name-calling those that do not follow your line of thought, assuming you have a thought of your own. I hope someday you wake up and see what has happened to this country. I feel sorry for you.

        • kaffekup

          None of which BS you have the slightest evidence to support.

  • warisaracketbysmedleybutler

    I’m conflicted about Jimmy Carter. I don’t know whether he is controlled opposition because he was in the Trilateral Commission and controlled by traitorous sadists like Kissinger and Brzezinski or if really is a good man of conscience trying to break from Zionist and fascist control.

    • Greglast

      I believe as president – he was being controlled – like Obama. It’s like when CIA set up Kennedy with bay of pigs invasion! There were a lot of radical conservatives planning how Kennedy would react – problem was Kennedy did not bow down until the bullet hid his head! True American president – last of the good ones! It’s been down hill since then!

    • James

      There are no ‘good guys’.Whatever info the jews had on Carter must have expired or is no longer relevant so he is flexing his muscles a little that is all.

  • Grace

    Absolute garbage! Clearly, the ignorant assumption being made is that Hamas can be trusted to keep their word; when the Qur’an teaches that Muslims should lie until they have the upper hand. President Carter is here advocating that Israel hand over their advantage to Hamas and trust them not to break their promise.
    Alas, how many times must Hamas prove that they will never do that, even if it costs them the life of every Palestinian child.
    Unfortunately, President Carter, like.many others have no problem asking Israel to do what they would be outraged to even consider were his country in a similar situation. Despite the later issues with President Bush’s handling of?the war on terror”, the prevalent sentiment in Washington, after 911, was to neutralize the source of terror and bring the terrorists to justice.
    Israel has the right to do the same without the apathetic hypocrisy expressed by the Presidents of these United States.

    • warisaracketbysmedleybutler

      And tell me what does the Talmud say about Jews treating Gentiles? I can’t wait for your response. Zionists and their Christian Zionists traitors in our government did 9/11 buddy. Sorry to burst your perceived, propagandized and indoctrinated view of reality.

      • Jeff

        What does the Talmud say?

        • Saul

          “According to the Talmud, one may kill any Gentile.”

          —Rabbi Ido Elba

          “A Jew who kills a non-Jew is exempt from judgement and has not violated the prohibition of murder.”

          —Rabbi Israel Ariel

    • Pravda01

      Go home! You have no business or land in Palestine – Jew!

      • joelsk44039

        You are an idiot!

        • Saul

          And you are a land thief,usurer,pornographer and terrorist.

    • GregoryC

      The former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Ovadia Yosef, said “Goyim were born only to serve us.”

      God’s Chosen People think Goyim are their slaves and Palestinians should be ethnically cleansed.

    • Saul

      No one believes your lies anymore cockroach.

  • Mary Curry

    Jimmy Carter is a Communist. He has always said that the US should be controlled by the UN. His Peace Plan is a joke. Israel did not start this conflict. Hamas did and Hamas was chosen by the people of Gaza over more moderate groups. Hamas only has one goal, the anhiliation of the Jewish people. Like the KKK after the Civil War, they cannot accept the fact the world has moved past their ideology. Gaza fired first but Israel will fire last.

    • Jeff

      Hamas has put all their resources into building weapons and machines to annihilate Israel. They should be focusing more on building up their infrastructure.

      • GregoryC

        Are you on Netanyahu’s payroll?

        • Mary Curry

          Why because I posted the truth? I am not even religious. But I can recognize true evil when I see it and Hamas and all it’s enablers are true evil.

        • Ken Kelso

          Hamas leaders are to busy diverting funds to buiild terror tunnels and securing luxury residences in Qatar and Guest wants to be an apologist for these Hamas thugs

    • Pravda01

      Oh, boy did you last existing brain cell die because of loneliness?

    • GregoryC

      Moshe Feiglin, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, calls for concentration camps and genocide of the Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip constitutes a war crime under the Genocide Convention. Obviously, Israel’s ultimate goal has been the annihilation of Palestinians since Herzl’s origination of Zionism.

    • Saul

      “Annihilation of the Jewish people.” Lol.Let me say it again.Lol

      • Mary Curry

        I learned to read and think for myself. I have read the goals of the Gazan terrorist government. Have you?

        • Saul

          To liberate their country perhaps?Liberate it from the Khazar vermin that have stolen it and murdered it`s rightful inhabitants?I know what you are and what you represent vermin so save your breath.

    • warisaracketbysmedleybutler

      Albert Pike, a confederate general, freemason, occultist, and KKK member is buried in a Grand Freemason Temple in Washington DC. Do you only know how to recite the lies you’ve been indoctrinated with?
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_the_Temple

      • Mary Curry

        What the hell does that have to do with Jimmy Carter?

  • Greglast

    I applaud jimmy carter for his truthful comments! He brokered Egypt Israel peace!

    • Greglast

      But I’m sure the Jewish shrills will hate him and try to destroy him and call him an anti Semite!

  • Saul

    ” If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with
    Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God
    promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not
    theirs. There has been Anti – Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz,
    but was that their fault ? They see but one thing: we have come and we
    have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?”
    -David Ben Gurion (the first Israeli Prime Minister)

    “The Palestinians” would be crushed like grasshoppers … heads smashed against the boulders and walls.”
    -Yitzhak Shamir in 1988

    “We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves.”
    -Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Re-election of General Shlomo Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv, October 1983

    “We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation,
    and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab
    population.” -Israel Koenig, “The Koenig Memorandum”

    “The state of Israel must invent dangers, and to do this it must adopt the methods of provocation and revenge… And above all, let us hope for a new war with the Arab countries so that we may finally get rid of our troubles and acquire our space.” — From the diary of Moshe Sharett, Israeli’s first Foreign Minister from 1948-1956, and Prime Minister from 1954-1956.

    “You know very well, and the stupid Americans know equally well, that we control their government, irrespective of who sits in the White House. You see, I know it and you know it that no American president can be in a position to challenge us even if we do the unthinkable. What can they (Americans) do to us? We control congress, we control the media, we control show biz, and we control everything in America. In America you can criticize God, but you can’t criticize Israel…” Israeli spokeswoman, Tzipora Menache

  • Saul

    “What has been happening over the years is a
    predictable routine of foreign visitation from
    the head of the Israeli government. The Israeli
    puppeteer travels to Washington. The Israeli
    puppeteer meets with the puppet in the White
    House, and then moves down Pennsylvania
    Avenue, and meets with the puppets in Congress.
    And then takes back billions of taxpayer
    dollars.”

    -Ralph Nader

    “You can’t have an Israel policy other than
    what AIPAC gives you around here. I have
    followed them mostly in the main, but I have
    also resisted signing certain letters from time
    to time, to give the poor President a chance. I
    can tell you no President takes office I don’t
    care whether it is a Republican or a
    Democrat….that all of a sudden AIPAC will
    tell him exactly what the policy is….”

    – Senator Ernst Hollings

  • joelsk44039

    Former President Jimmy Carter lost his mind many years ago. As one of the absolutely worst Presidents the United States has ever had to suffer through, his opinion is hardly worth publishing, let alone meaningful. He needs a psychiatric evaluation and no publication in their right mind should publish anything he has to say.

    • Saul

      Coming from the most neurotic sociopathic race on the planet,that really means something.

      “We have to recognize that Jewish blood and the blood of a goy (Gentile) are not the same thing. Every law that is based on equating goys and Jews is completely unacceptable.”

      —Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg

      • Jacob Eagleshield

        I resent the word goy you racist slob. If I called you the K word,you would go nuts calling me anti semetic. What is really ironic,is that you have embraced the myth perpitrated by Hitler that Jews are a seperate ‘race’. You are semites. Just like the Arabs. So,how long are you going to go committing fratricide angains you kinsmen?

    • Jacob Eagleshield

      are you american or Israeli? Pick one you can’t be both.

  • Bella

    The president we should be paying attention to on this is Bill Clinton. Clinton closed one Middle East agreement involving the Palestinians: the Wye Accords in 1998 (Netanyahu and Arafat) and came very close to closing the final deal at Camp David in 2008 (Barak and Arafat). No head of state has approached his success in this area. He is more familiar with the issues than any other president. He has not called for recognizing Hamas. His summary of the conflict:

    “Well, first of all Hamas was perfectly well aware of what would happen if they started raining rockets in Israel. They fired a thousand of them. And they have a strategy designed to force Israel to kill their own [Palestinian] civilians so that the rest of the world will condemn them [Israel].”

    The rest of the world seems to have obediently followed Hamas’s script.

    “There is no way the Israelis are going to give up the West Bank and agree to a state unless Hamas agrees to give up violence and recognizes Israel’s right to exist,”

    “They won’t do it so that’s a non-starter and I think it should be. You can’t just have a one-way peace. Both sides have got to give up what the other side most objects to.”

  • kevin ray

    Why President Carter has been labeled one of the worst presidents in the century should have been reversed and he vindicated as a true hero to the United States , He worked tirelessly trying to make our country better but the forces of evil are still hard at work trying to paint his name in failure while still profiting and bigoting their merry way. But in my mind I will always know the truth behind these sick peoples minds discrediting President Carter only helps me remember the good he did for our country then and after leaving office. No other president that I can think of helped the poor,the hungry and needy like the Honorable President Carter! I applaud you sir and our nation also does! May god be with you!

  • dad1927

    Carter is MORE to blame! His Liberal bend over backwards arm your enemies, bring in foreign cultures to destroy American values, and NOT STANDING UP TO THE ENEMY! as in Iran. He should have gave them 24 hours to release the hostages, or they were all going to meet Allah!

  • Cain Abel

    Jimmy Carter is CRA-ZI.

  • Hymie

    So Israel is supposed to recognize and negotiate with someone, one of whom’s goals is to destroy them? Meshuga!

  • Peacelanese

    Carter is and always will be a f**king a**hole.

  • ArmyRadioman

    Some interesting WikiLeaks documents prove that by design, Israel ‘s policy for the past 20 years was to treat the people of Gaza as badly as they could without being considered genocide.

  • Jacob Eagleshield

    Israel is the single biggest roadblock to a lasting peace in the region. They turned the Palestinian Territory into a gigantic ghetto with their wall(Of all people,they should know better.) They are Americas number one welfare client,and have gotten even worse,and more greedy since Richard Nixon HANDED them nukes in 1970.
    Truth is,Israel is a fair weather friend. Soaking the American taxpayer for billions every year,with one hand,while slapping us in the face at every opportunity with the other.The attack on the U.S.S Liberty was never explained and never was their an adequate apology. In 1983,the PLO hijacked an airliner to Lebanon. They demanded the release of Palestinian political prisoners(already scheduled for release by Israel two weeks hence) President Regan humiliated himself and begged Israel to release those people two weeks early. Israel refused. An American sailor was murdered and dumped onto the tarmac like so much garbage. Israel killed that boy. There are dozens of other examples if Israels lack of respect for the nation without whose support there would BE NO ISRAEL!!! I always thought that Israeli/Jew and Nazi was a gross contradiction in terms. Then came Benjamin Netanyahu

  • Dennis Richardson

    Jimmy Carter does not know the God of Israel nor does Carter appear to care to. OT scripture indicates that the Hebrew God says the Land of Israel belongs to HIM and HE will decide what people shall live on the Land. It will not be Jimmy Carter’s favorite. The price of not having a faith relationship with the Hebrew God means damnation for Jimmy Carter and for a very long time.

  • Mark Snow

    God bless Jimmy Carter.