Speaking in Ramallah on Saturday, Carter called for elections in both Gaza and the West Bank, and went on to endorse the "full implementation of the agreement reached between Hamas and Fatah," referring to a unity government formed by the two parties.
Although the unity government officially exists, Hamas has not handed control of the Gaza Strip over to the Palestinian Authority, nor does it show any signs of doing so.
Carter, whose hostility toward Israel is well-known, tried to visit Israel as well as the Palestinian territories during his visit, but was snubbed by both President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Based on Carter's comments, it isn't hard to understand why.
Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin have declined a request to meet former Democratic President Jimmy Carter when he is due to visit Israel in the next few weeks.
He finally slipped up and let his anti-Semitic slip show
Why Jimmy Carter Really is an Anti-Semite
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Israel’s right to exist is an obstacle to peace
So, in Jimmy Carter’s world, Israel’s daring to insist that it be recognized as the Jewish homeland—only the very reason why it exists and the historical basis for it—cannot be allowed. It is the obstacle to peace, not the Arabs’ refusal to accept it.
Carter’s rationale for thinking that, however, is really the smoking gun of his anti-Semitism; specifically, that Jews make up less than 100 percent of Israel’s population. Funny, though, he applies this argument to the world’s only Jewish state, and never has done the same to any other country. Mr. Carter seems to consider himself rather knowledgeable in world affairs. If he is, then his omission is one based on bias rather than ignorance. There are 27 countries where Islam is the official state religion, including Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, which border Israel. The 24 others are: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, Comoros, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq,
Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Somalia, Somaliland, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Several of them, such as Bangladesh, have sizeable non-Muslim minorities; and many with almost none, such as Pakistan, destroyed its non-Muslim minority even while Carter was its ally!
To be comprehensive, 12 countries (plus England, Scotland, and 17 Swiss Cantons) recognize Christianity as their state religion, and Buddhism is the official state religion in three. Carter has never made a peep about any of the 42 countries with an official state religion. He certainly never complained to his Saudi allies or the Jordanians because they prohibit Jews from residing in their countries.
Yet, Carter has seen fit to call Israel’s desire to be recognized as the historical Jewish homeland it is as “an obstacle to peace.” This despite the fact Israel allows free practice of all religions, unlike most of the 27 Islamic nations including Saudi Arabia which makes any religious expression other than Islam a crime.
Doubtless, the man from Plains will protest that he is being attacked for criticizing Israel (another favorite cry of anti-Semites). Before he does, however, he might consider that the only way he will have any credibility is to simultaneously call Saudi Arabia’s and the other 26 countries to drop Islam as their official religion. Let’s not hold our breath, for neither Carter nor any of the other world leaders who call a Jewish State an obstacle to peace ever thought to treat Judaism and Islam equally