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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Carter to visit Israel, Gaza, bringing message from Obama

Former American President Jimmy Carter will be visiting Israel next week after 'supervising' the June 7 elections. As happened the last time he was here, Carter will likely be shunned by all of Israel's political echelon with the possible exception of Shimon Peres. Officially, Carter's visit is dubbed a 'private' visit.
While Carter's name appears on a Foreign Ministry list of VIPs expected this month, ministry officials said he was not invited by Israel, and that putting him on the list was simply a matter of protocol.

Carter has antagonized many here and throughout the Jewish world for his relentless criticism of Israel, which culminated in 2008 with the publishing of his book entitled, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.


A Peres spokesman said that the two men were "old friends," and that when the former president of the US asks to meet him, as he always does, Peres is more than willing to oblige.

Following his last visit here in April 2008, a letter written by Schalit to his parents was transferred to them two months later by Hamas via the Carter Center in Atlanta. That letter was the third Schalit had sent to his parents since his abduction.
But Israel Radio has picked up reports in the Arab media, particularly in the 'Palestinian' daily al-Ayyam, which claim that Carter will also visit Gaza, and that he will be carrying a message to Hamas from current US President Barack Hussein Obama.

Maybe Obama wants to give them a chance too:


At 1:13 PM, Blogger Asher said...

How about a trade with Hamas? We get Gilad Shalit and they keep Peanut Brain?

At 7:56 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Heh. Some people are just fools and age hasn't improved Jimmy Carter's outlook on life.


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