Jimmy Carter Cancels Trip to Gaza



Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has cancelled a planned visit to the Gaza Strip.

No apparent reason was given for the last-minute cancellation, the Jerusalem Post reported. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin had refused a meeting with Carter during the trip, citing the latter’s “anti-Israel” views.

Carter was scheduled to visit Gaza on April 30 to meet with Hamas leaders and to discuss reconciliation efforts between Hamas and the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA). His main objective was to get the PA and Hamas to actualize the reconciliation deal they reached last year.

The former American president has met with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in the past, and in 2009 he visited Gaza and met with then-Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh. Carter has been known for his critical views of Israeli policy and has used the word “apartheid” to describe Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. During Operation Protective Edge last summer, he condemned what he called the “humanitarian catastrophe” inflicted on Gaza and urged President Barack Obama to acknowledge Hamas’s legitimacy as a political player in the region.


{Matzav.com Israel}


  1. Carter: An evil anti-Semitic, Israel hating, blood libeling, terrorist supporting, genocidal group supporting individual. The saddest part of the prior sentence is that there is not one iota of exaggeration in it; if anything it’s understated.

  2. I’ll bet he was afraid of being kidnapped and held by Hamas and gang for a huge ramson. In addition, he is petrified of being killed by one of Obama’s drone bombers. The least we can say about Carter is that, as far as his own rear end, he is coming to his sense. He might even beg Apartheid Israel to protect him until he leaves.


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