Jimmy Carter Urges Recognition Of Hamas As Legitimate ‘Political Actor’


jimmy-carterThe United States and the European Union should recognize that the Hamas terrorist organization “is not just a military but also a political force,” former U.S. president Jimmy Carter wrote in article published by Foreign Policy magazine on Tuesday.

“Hamas cannot be wished away, nor will it cooperate in its own demise. Only by recognizing its legitimacy as a political actor-one that represents a substantial portion of the Palestinian people-can the West begin to provide the right incentives for Hamas to lay down its weapons,” Carter stated in an opinion piece co-written with former Irish president Mary Robinson.

While the authors acknowledged Hamas’s “indiscriminate targeting” of Israelis, they focused their criticism on Israel with regards to the latest conflict in Gaza.

“There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israel Defense Forces are conducting this war,” they wrote. “Israeli bombs, missiles, and artillery have pulverized large parts of Gaza, including thousands of homes, schools, and hospitals.”

Carter has been criticized by many in the Jewish community for his 2006 book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” which criticizes Israel’s presence in the West Bank. Carter has also been criticized for meeting with Hamas officials and calling for an end to the blockade of Gaza.


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  1. Come on, Jimmy boy….getting nervous that Obama just might be a worse president than you and you don’t want to be outdone…..? you shouldn’t be. Neither one of you could be any worse…..

  2. Ohhh. Carter. My merry man of the end of your peanut gallery of time:

    I hope that the future in any heaven you might be welcomed does not have to be you sitting with arabs entertaining. You probably are just the plate that they eat off of anyhow.

    Welcome to your reality show, Jimmy. The smile on the hand of the arrow’s curtain is your final calling for your best work. I might be more insured to see if the minds of yesterday’s youth at any length call you the better president. I guess when Reagan steals your future and makes the world go well, you just get a joke in the intersection of personal desire. Peanuts are more evident than your own future in the history books. And I would think that the smile on any child’s face will only be to skip the chapter on your presidency.

    Pick your edge. Carter on the back street of glory or Obama in the front seat of totalitarian drama. I guess I can not know who will be the winking photograph at the White House when they are both deceased.

    Never Again.

  3. Yes, I know. Poor old Jimmy is jealous that Obama has the title of being the worst person to hijack the White House, so he’s trying to reclaim his position!

  4. Right, “Jimmy”. I’m really sorry that a great journal like Foreign Policy has bowed to this pap. Even Jimmy’s deity didn’t teach this. “Political actor” must be one of the most racist and sociopathic terms ever concocted. I’m sure Agag and Haman are insanely jealous. And I’m sure Moshe, Shmuel, and Mordechai would have put him in the category of “Bal’am” (rodef +++), if not “Amaleq”.
    We know how the US treated the “political actors” of the Confederate States — except for this genius

  5. More and more people are becoming allergic to peanuts (What is Carter putting in there to cause this?) and I’m becoming more and more allergic to Carter.