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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Carter continues to ignore reality

Former US President Jimmy Carter has an op-ed in Sunday's Washington Post describing his recent visit to our region with the arrogantly-named 'Elders' group. The 'Elders' include two other vicious Jew haters who were recently awarded Medals of Freedom by Carter protege Barack Hussein Obama: Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu. The 'Elders' were ostensibly here to 'support Israelis and Palestinians seeking peace.' As you might imagine, Carter's op-ed is completely without context.
Three of us had previously visited Gaza, which is now a walled-in ghetto inhabited by 1.6 million Palestinians, 1.1 million of whom are refugees from Israel and the West Bank and receive basic humanitarian assistance from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. Israel prevents any cement, lumber, seeds, fertilizer and hundreds of other needed materials from entering through Gaza's gates. Some additional goods from Egypt reach Gaza through underground tunnels. Gazans cannot produce their own food nor repair schools, hospitals, business establishments or the 50,000 homes that were destroyed or heavily damaged by Israel's assault last January.
Why is Gaza 'walled in'? Why are there (according to Carter) 1.1 million refugees, many of whom have been in Gaza for 60 years? Why won't Israel let cement, lumber and fertilizer (among others) reach Gaza? (Fertilizer fuels rockets - cement and lumber are used to make them). Why won't the Egyptians open their border with Gaza? All of those facts are missing as the Washington Post once again grants a forum to America's worst ex-President and number one Jew-hater to spew his venom across its editorial pages.

Carter continues to ignore the fact that the 'Palestinians' and their Arab brethren still have not recognized the right of Jews to live in this region. They still seek to drive us out of here. But Carter expects Israel to respond by a perpetual freeze in Israeli 'settlement activity' to be followed by 'negotiations' before which Israel would agree to surrender all of the strategic assets it won in a war it didn't want 42 years ago.

This country is a democracy. Most people in this country want peace. If there were peace to be had, Israel would have done whatever it needed to do to make peace a long time ago. But what's stopped peace from coming is not 'settlements' or a few apartments in 'east' Jerusalem. It's that the Arabs have no desire to live in peace with us. And they probably never will.


At 8:00 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The fact the peace process is moribund has nothing to do with the lack of Israeli generosity. Israel's sacrifices over the past 16 years have gone unappreciated by the world and there is no reason to believe more Israeli concessions will improve the country's international standing. Its not Israel that is ignoring reality; it is those who believe peace is possible no matter what the evidence says who pay no attention to it.


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