Monday, April 14, 2008

Carter "Quite At Ease" With Hamas

Former President Jimmy Carter defended his forthcoming visit with Hamas leader Khaled Meshal later this week. Carter said he was "quite at ease" with the meeting. "I think there's no doubt in anyone's mind that, if Israel is ever going to find peace with justice concerning the relationship with their next door neighbors, the Palestinians, that Hamas will have to be included in the process." I remember when the Left used to say the PLO were the sole representative of the Palestinians. But what arrogance. Carter places the onus on Israel to make peace with its neighbors even though it is their neighbors that vow its destruction. How is Israel expected to negotiate with an entity whose sole purpose is to bring about Israel's demise? Well, Carter replied, "Well, you can't always get prerequisites adopted by other people before you even talk to them." Gee, you would think getting a promise your nation won't be destroyed would at least be a minimal prerequisite to talk. But not for Carter. At least when it comes to the Palestinians.

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