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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Jimmy the Dhimmi

At Little Green Footballs, Charles Johnson reports that ex-President Dhimmi Carter is all in favor of Hamas participating in the 'Palestinian elections' next week. But that's not the real story in this one: The real story is that a former President of the United States has compared Hamas to Menachem Begin's Irgun:

Former US president Jimmy Carter expressed optimism Friday over Hamas’s participation in next week’s Palestinian parliamentary elections.

Carter told CNN in an interview that although Hamas were “so-called terrorists,” so far “there have been no complaints of corruption against [their] elected officials.”

He conceded that “there is an element within Hamas who deny Israel’s right to exist,” but compared the current situation to negotiations with the PLO, which was still outlawed as a terrorist organization during his presidency.

He drew an additional comparison with Menachem Begin’s rise to Israel’s premiership in the seventies. “The Irgun, to which Begin belonged, was also characterized as a terrorist organization,” he noted.


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