Monday, April 21, 2008

Carter: Hamas open to peace with Israel

This just in from Reuters:
Hamas would accept a deal creating a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip if it was approved by Palestinians in a vote, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said on Monday after talks with Hamas leaders.

Carter said he had "no doubt that both the Arab world and the Palestinians, including Hamas, will accept Israel's right to live in peace" within pre-1967 war borders.

But some of Hamas's commitments to Carter, in talks he held with the Islamist group's top leader Khaled Meshaal in Damascus, were short on details and remarks by a Gaza-based Hamas official suggested the movement was not abandoning long-held positions.

In a speech, Carter said he heard from Hamas leaders they would "accept a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders if approved by Palestinians." He was referring to the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip and a referendum on a deal Washington hopes to clinch this year.

"It means that Hamas will not undermine (Palestinian President Mahmoud) Abbas's efforts to negotiate an agreement and Hamas will accept an agreement if the Palestinians support it in a free vote," he said.
Right ... Hamas has really shown its willingness to live in peace. Carter, who may very well be the United States' most gullible self-appointed diplomat, was widely criticized for his decision to meet with Hamas leaders. For a review of why he is generally loathed by Jews, read this.

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Shoded Yam said...

What a vain, self-centered, disingenous old fart. Between Clintons self serving babble and Carter's appetite for self aggrandisement, I've heard enough ex-presidential bloviations to last a life time. We need to cull the herd. I think we should borrow a page from the Inuits of the Aleutians, and stick our octagenarian, pontificating, ex-chief executives on an ice floe in the Bering Strait.

Re. Hamas Peace Overtures and Carter's Self-Promotion;

This from todays issue of Haaretz;

"Meshal offers 10-year truce for Palestinian state on '67 borders"

By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent and News Agencies

"..."We agree to a [Palestinian] state on pre-67 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital with genuine sovereignty without settlements but without recognizing Israel," Meshaal said."

To paraphrase Dennis Wilen quoting Simon & Grafunkel;

Carter hears what he wants to hear and makes up the rest.

Anonymous said...

So they basically are open to peace if Israel is pushed into the sea? As usual, Carter gets it wrong.