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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Carter trying to force Obama to embrace Hamas

Arutz Sheva (Israel National News) reports that the Obama administration is not thrilled with former President Jimmy Carter's attempts to get Obama to join him in embracing Hamas.
The White House is livid with Carter, according to an experienced Middle East expert who was quoted on the website of the widely respected Foreign Policy magazine. “They are very pissed,” he said. "Just like with President Clinton, Carter is becoming a huge problem and a growing concern for Obama.”

Hamas has jumped on the Carter visit to Gaza, claiming the former president represents American policy and categorically stating it will recognize the State of Israel based on the 1949-1967 borders.

The terrorist organization, which runs the de facto government in Gaza, also said that Carter is delivering a letter from U.S. President Barack Obama. “People in Gaza were spreading rumors last week that Carter was bringing Hamas a letter from Obama," the expert told Foreign Policy. "It's absurd.”


Aaron Miller, a veteran U.S. negotiator for the Middle East, also discounted Carter’s statements on removing Hamas from the list of terrorist groups. "That's a key to an empty room right now, given everything that Obama is trying to do with [Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu and [Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud] Abbas," he told the website. "In fact, the way to lose both of them and much of Congress to boot would be to do precisely what the former president recommends."
It's the White House's fault because they have cultivated Carter and Obama has tried to emulate Carter in so many ways.

What could go wrong?


At 6:27 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carter and the Europeans are just launching trial balloons with the implicit blessings of the Administration. If it had objected to that approach, it would have come out and said that's not our policy.

Its silence speaks volumes. What else could go wrong indeed


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