Carter: Dramatic Change Needed in Policy of Government of Israel


jimmy-carterFormer President Jimmy Carter today called U.S. plans to mediate the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians by shuttling back and forth between the two parties a “feeble effort” toward bringing lasting peace to the Middle East.

He also encouraged President Barack Obama’s White House to take a more balanced position in its relations with Israel.

“There’s no doubt that in general the United States government has been much more attuned to the sensitivities of the Israelis and has yielded excessively to the circumstances in the Holy Land as Israel has confiscated several lands within Palestine,” Carter said at the opening of a two-day conference on U.S.-Arab relations.

He added: “I hope that in the future we’ll see the United States taking a much more balanced position and doing everything possible to implement a two-state solution” that establishes an independent Palestinian state based on 1967 borders.

The remarks come as Washington has expressed rare public outrage over Israel’s plans to build new Jewish homes in Yerushalayim. The diplomatic row threatens to derail Obama’s latest push for a long-sought peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians to end a conflict that has fueled anti-American sentiment in the region.

George Mitchell, the Obama administration’s special envoy for Mideast peace, was supposed to have been shuttling between the Israelis and Palestinians this week. But he canceled his Mideast visit as the administration awaited word from Israelis on whether they would take steps to reassure Washington and the Palestinians.

Carter has long been a vocal critic of Israeli policies, outraging many Jews with a 2006 book that compared Israeli treatment of Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza to the legalized oppression of blacks that once existed in South Africa.

The Georgia Democrat issued an open letter apologizing for any words or deeds that may have upset the Jewish community in December, but he has remained a staunch critic of Israeli policies.

He criticized the Jewish nation’s blockade of the Gaza Strip on Thursday and encouraged Israel to halt new construction of settlements in Palestinian territories.

Still, he said, the Middle East peace process is “not a hopeless cause” and said that brokering a deal has been his top priority since he lost re-election in 1980.

“I think with a strong and determined commitment to the two-state solution … that peace is still on the table. But it’s going to require a dramatic change in the policy of the present government of Israel,” he said.

{CNBC/Noam Newscenter}


  1. Oh my goodness, I saw the head lines with jimmy carter and I thought no way, cant be this sonei yisroel is for sure gone already, but low and behold he’s back, and as usual he claims we need a balanced approach, balanced like a hole in my head, and why of course we jews stole the land that was stolen from us 19 years earlier, but hey why mention it? I mean after all why upset our dear arabs that have always been so so loyal to us, and never ever perpetuated any act of terrorisim against the u.s. Only maybe 9.11 how sickening but we are in gulus, and when its over we are going to watch the big fire with those rishuyim in it, lets just hope we are zoche to witness that day

  2. I thought he had apologized for his past remarks against Israel? What a knucklehead. Let him retire into a hole bigger than his mouth!

  3. Last I remember everyone was happy at the “dramatic change” in the US Government when this individual was voted out…

    I was only 5, but it made an impression even back then!

    Carter = Loser Repeat 100 times 🙂

  4. I am a little confused here didnt Obama stay away from this rushu when he was campaigning so as not to be seen aligning himself with this man and now he’s persuing his policies how sick does politics get you big eat liar and sonei yisroel mr Obamaination