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Jimmy Carter says Netanyahu has turned his back on peace

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At his press conference today at the Carter Center, President Jimmy Carter announced he is being treated for cancer in his brain and he will accept whatever comes in months or years ahead (years, let’s hope!). He was asked about his top priorities “in the time that you have left,” the problems whose resolution would give him “the greatest satisfaction for the world.” [Minute 35 below]

In international affairs, I would say that peace for Israel and its neighbors has been a top priority of my foreign policy projects for the past thirty years. Right now I think the prospects are more dismal than any time I can remember in the last 50 years. There’s practically– the whole process is practically dormant. The government of Israel has no desire for a two-state solution, which is the policy of all the other nations in the world. And the United States has practically no influence compared to past years in either Israel or Palestine. So I feel very discouraged about it, but that would be my number one foreign policy hope.

Chris Matthews later said that Carter “stuck it to Netanyahu” in the press conference. While Jonathan Allen of Vox said on Hardball just now that the one thing he faulted in Carter’s post-presidency was his statements about Israel. This is what we mean by the Israel lobby: people for whom support for Israel masters all judgments. Carter warned in 2006 that Israel was facing an apartheid future. For this he was pummeled by leading journalists and exiled by the Democratic Party. Some day there will be an accounting of the American blindness.

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  1. pabelmont on August 20, 2015, 8:37 pm

    Notice that all other ex-Presidents are silent on this — or unhelpful. I once thought Clinton could be better, could join Carter, but Mme Clinton had political ambitions, first Senate and now President, and that put Mr. Clinton in a box from which — had he wished to — he could not easily escape.

    • Krauss on August 21, 2015, 12:20 am

      How did you think Clinton would be better? The guy ran to Bush’s right in his first election on matters Israel. He exonerated Marc Rich because Mr. Rich has friends in high places and was important for financing. Clinton knew he’d have to rely on a lot of the people sympathetic to Rich in his post-presidency to collect cash(and that he did!).

      Clinton also blamed Russian immigrants(!) for the stalling of peace, ignoring the persistent pattern of Apartheid from the day Israel was founded.

      Frankly speaking, even Carter has been quite soft on Israel. He has continued to push for a discredited 2SS paradigm up until his final days. Now, that he is at his deathbed, he allows himself to doubt – just for a moment – whether Netanyahu’s government wants peace or not.

      But he still isn’t ready to indict the Labor party, which in effect is the same as Likud but with better PR.

  2. JWalters on August 20, 2015, 8:56 pm

    The Big Money that financed the establishment of Israel never intended it to be a safe haven for Jews. They intended it to be perpetual source of conflict and weapons profits, which is exactly what it has always been.
    “War Profiteers and the Roots of the War on Terror”.

    Jimmy Carter made a valiant effort, but he was deceived by criminals.

  3. Steve Grover on August 20, 2015, 9:05 pm

    I wish President Carter the best with his struggle with cancer. I hope he has a long time along with good health to be with and enjoy his family.

    His legacy unfortunately will be that he was one of the worst Presidents. Any time there is a terrible President it is terrible for the country.

    Because of his book Palestine: Peace not Apartheid he will be remembered as an anti-Semite.

    Hopefully relations between Egypt and Israel will continue to improve. Israelis will continue to live in peace despite of Carter’s attempts at meddling. This is because of Israel’s unilateral actions. If the PA wants a deal they better make the concessions required by Israel. Israelis care less and less about a deal and that means the PA will have to cough up more to get a deal.

    • talknic on August 21, 2015, 1:18 am

      Steve you post transparently insincere, nonsensical, unsubstantiated drivel

      Why should the Palestinians concede any of their legal rights?

      Nothing in your putrid Hasbara arsenal explains or justifies the ongoing and illegal acquisition by Israel of any non-Israeli territories

    • annie on August 21, 2015, 1:21 am

      Because of his book Palestine: Peace not Apartheid he will be remembered as an anti-Semite.

      water off a duck’s back. nobody cares what nakba denying racists think about him. just like nobody pays much attention to holocaust deniers. history will prove him right and prescient. he will go down in history as the great man that he is. and the accusation of anti semite has little traction when it’s slung around with wild abandon by those who support the apartheid state.

      • Citizen on August 21, 2015, 6:12 am


    • Marnie on August 21, 2015, 6:07 am

      “Because of his book Palestine: Peace not Apartheid he will be remembered as an anti-Semite.”

    • just on August 21, 2015, 12:47 pm

      Have you read his book? I’ll lend you mine.

      There was not even a whiff of anti- semitism in it. Is it anti- semitic to tell the truth?

    • Qualtrough on August 21, 2015, 3:49 pm

      Steve Grover – Because of his book Palestine: Peace not Apartheid he will be remembered as an anti-Semite BY ZIONISTS.

      Fixed that for you.

  4. Kris on August 20, 2015, 11:36 pm

    @Steve Grover: “Because of his book Palestine: Peace not Apartheid he will be remembered as an anti-Semite.”

    Could you explain specifically what it was that President Carter wrote that earns him the label “anti-Semite”?

    • Citizen on August 21, 2015, 6:15 am

      Carter’s book was very brave. Bishop Tutu said Israel’s form of apartheid is much worse than the former apartheid regime in South Africa had. He seems more credible than Grover, eh?

      • Kris on August 21, 2015, 11:15 am

        Grover won’t reply. The hasbarists never do when I ask them to be specific about the “antisemitism” they claim to see.

        So President Carter is an “antisemite,” just like everyone else who notices that Israel is carrying out crimes against humanity.

        South Africans who lived through apartheid in S.A. have said that Israel’s form of apartheid is much worse, including John Dugard, former U.N. Special Rapporteur.

        As Palestine joins the International Criminal Court, former U.N. Special Rapporteur John Dugard talks about how an apartheid case could be brought against Israel in the ICC. “I’m a South African who lived through apartheid,” Dugard said. “I have no hesitation in saying that Israel’s crimes are infinitely worse than those committed by the apartheid regime of South Africa.”

        JOHN DUGARD: I think the strategy of Israel and also of the United States is simply to allow talks to go on forever and ever, while Israel annexes more land and takes over Palestinian territory. The purpose of the International Criminal Court, as I see it, is to circumvent this strategy on the part of Israel and the United States and to make Israel and the United States see and face the issues very clearly—namely, that Israel has committed very, very serious international crimes.

      • Steve Grover on August 21, 2015, 12:40 pm

        Kris sez Grover won’t reply.
        Well here ya go…
        I hope you didn’t have to wait as long as I usually make talknic wait.

      • talknic on August 21, 2015, 1:59 pm

        No actual mention of anti-semitism from Carter there Grover …

  5. michelle on August 21, 2015, 3:02 am

    seems like Egypt didn’t get on well with Israel until America
    jumped in and bullyed and bribed
    now Egypt is Israels bitch
    G-d Bless

    • zaid on August 21, 2015, 6:17 pm

      There is a difference between , Egyptian Government and the Egyptian People.

      The Egyptian people despise israel to the bone.

      while the Egyptian clown CC is their ally.

  6. JimMichie on August 21, 2015, 11:28 am

    Jimmy Carter speaks unvarnished TRUTH to Zionist Israel and its extremist right-wing fascist prime minister! He is the only president in modern history that does so, and that is why he is so hated by the Zionists in Israel, Amerka, and around the world. Would that we had a “Jimmy Carter” for president today instead of an “African American” who cowtows to the “Nutty-yahoos” of this world and funds racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing fascist Zionist Israel with $$$BILLIONS yearly to massacre still more thousands of defenseless Palestinians, and to steal what is left of Palestine!!

  7. just on August 21, 2015, 1:29 pm

    I don’t know where this belongs, but Isaac Herzog slams Levy here and tells the world how he would make peace/NOT.

    “Gideon Levy: The One-trick Pony of Israeli Journalism

    Opposition leader Isaac Herzog responds to criticism levelled against him by Haaretz’s Gideon Levy, arguing that making peace also means fighting terror – not just accepting the Palestinian narrative hook, line and sinker.

    It’s always amusing to read Gideon Levy criticizing someone else for using cliches (“The left’s counter-terrorism unit,” Haaretz, August 20). After all, Levy is the expert in the use of cliches. He has been singing For the same song for years, publishing the same article and the same text, twice and sometimes three times a week: “Occupation, occupation, occupation and once again occupation; only the Jews are to blame and only the Palestinians are right.” Levy has been a one-trick pony since way back in the 1990s.

    My meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) this week lasted for an hour and 15 minutes. We sat privately and conducted a penetrating, detailed and in-depth conversation. Too much time has passed since an Israeli leader sat with Abu Mazen and spoke to him directly and at length. He is afraid of the unbridled terror. He is doing quite a lot to combat it, but is very concerned by the fact that we may be on the brink of a third intifada, and that it is liable to erupt on his watch. Under his responsibility. He is particularly concerned by the stagnation and by the lack of hope on the diplomatic front.

    I described my viewpoint to him; I explained that I want to take take my party back to the path of late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, which means a tough and uncompromising war against terror, and at the same time, a courageous diplomatic initiative. As I told Abu Mazen, in the war against terror I really am more extreme than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. His policy of speaking to Hamas and isolating Abu Mazen will lead to Abu Mazen’s resignation and to Hamas taking control over Judea and Samaria. Hamastan five minutes from Kfar Sava. That’s not how to fight terror and its leaders….

    …But people like Levy are stuck in the 1990s and fail to understand that it’s impossible today sit down around the negotiating table with the Palestinians and to emerge, locked in a brotherly embrace, moments later with a with full peace agreement that features a return to the 1967 lines and a division of Jerusalem. Levy writes as though he hasn’t been here in recent years. In a previous article he mocked me because my wife and I gave our blessings to the cadets in a pilots’ training course. Levy used to be a Zionist. I’m no longer sure that he is one. …

    …After Gaza fell into the hands of Hamas, and the State of Israel was attacked with missiles, and tunnels were dug under dining rooms on kibbutzim in the south, it’s no longer possible to continue talking only about a bilateral agreement with the Palestinians. We have to talk about a trailblazing diplomatic move, supported by the moderate countries in the region.

    Levy thinks that the Palestinians are always right. That the terror attacks against us are their natural right. That a boycott against the Jews is the imperative of the hour and that the time has come for U.S. President Barack Obama to impose the same kind of sanctions that he imposed on Iran on Israel. In effect Levy, like the messianic right, is leading to a state with an Arab majority between the Jordan and the Mediterranean. …”

    read the rest :

    ” Levy used to be a Zionist. I’m no longer sure that he is one. ”

    As if that’s a bad thing.

    Herzog is only another iteration of the status quo.

    Herzog finds the truth “amusing”~ that speaks volumes.

    • Steve Grover on August 21, 2015, 1:39 pm

      Gideon Levy’s audience are the European Anti-Semites who think they are human rights activists because they hate Israel. We have a few of ‘me here in the U.S. too.

      • Steve Grover on August 21, 2015, 2:46 pm

        Whoops typo!
        That was supposed to be ’em. Not ‘me

      • Qualtrough on August 21, 2015, 3:54 pm

        So is Levy an anti-semite or a self-hating Jew? Is it an either/or thing?

      • Rashers2 on August 21, 2015, 4:26 pm

        Dear Grover, Jimmy Carter is no more an anti-Semite than my arse shoots snipe; nor are Gideon Levy’s readers predominantly “European [A]nti-Semites”! I was initially going to bewail the exhausting, irritating and relentless characterisation by the Hasbara-mongers such as yourself of those critical of Israel, its Zionist policies and of supporters of those policies as anti-Semitic or Jew-hating. It’s an old and hackneyed trick of Hasbara and of the apologists for Israel as, some years back, Shulamit Aloni freely admitted in a TV interview.
        The comments of you and other Israel apologists who periodically grace these threads, set me to wondering whether all of you are aware whether you spout almost unadulterated drivel on I-P; or whether matters have now overreached that point. My pondering took me back to a definition, which I find increasingly persuasive, of an ideologue as one who espouses a given ideology and, when presented with objective facts or events demonstrating the ideology to be flawed, must twist the facts to fit the ideology or pretend they do not exist. The alternatives, for an ideologue, to making the facts fit the beliefs implicit in the ideology must be either abandonment of that flawed or false ideology; or madness. Thus is it with the Ziopaths in Israel and elsewhere (primarily, in the USA).
        If one accepts that the great majority of the Jewish Israeli public is in step with Messrs. Mileikowsky, Herzog et al. in its attitude towards a Palestinian state, the Arabs, Israel’s apartheid policies, settlement/expansionism and the 2SS (absence of), it follows that the great majority of Jewish Israelis espouse the Zionist ideology (or “political creed” as it was notably once described). To keep the faith with the ideology, therefore, all have had to become ideologues and either to ignore or distort the objective truths which provide ample evidence to undermine that ideology. The Israeli education system is predicated upon concealing or revising truths, which could threaten acceptance of the validity of the Zionist ideology; and of the acts and policies of the Zionist state.
        That Israel is now a nation of ideologues – increasing numbers of whom have not consciously chosen to become such – means that, when those ideologues respond to criticism with conflation, denial, deflection or projection, they may genuinely not be aware that what they are saying is, indeed, untrue; or, if they are aware of it, may genuinely believe that spouting illogical, intemperate rubbish is wholly justifiable in the context of defending their ideology.
        If the principal problem of Palestinian/non-Jewish rights in Israel, in the OWB, East Jerusalem and Gaza is ever to be resolved without most Jews and most Arabs in I-P first being washed on rivers of blood – equal, at last, in death – into the Mediterranean, then a big problem will need addressing, namely re-education. You and your brother-Hasbara peddlers, Grover, are apt to toss around allusions to Nazi Germany (usually in the form of utterly false accusations of “Holocaust-denial”, to insult or invalidate a critic of Israel or Zionsim). You should perhaps spend a little time to contemplate or even study the reasons that, immediately post-WW2, there needed to occur in Germany an intensive “de-Nazification” programme, which enlisted the combined efforts of some of the most eminent educationalists and psychologists from the allied powers.

    • echinococcus on August 21, 2015, 2:51 pm

      How’s that a surprise? We seem to tend to forget at times that any Zionist is an enemy in this war, officially a war since 1947. By the very definition of Zionism. Liberal, illiberal, religious, secular, heavy, light, barbarian or educated, Jewish or non-Jewish, for “peace” or against… His very group is called the Zionist group, so what’s new?

    • just on August 23, 2015, 7:57 am

      Herzog, who will you “talk” to now?

      “Abbas quits PLO leadership ahead of internal election”

      • a blah chick on August 23, 2015, 4:06 pm

        I got so happy when I first read that and then I read it again and got frustrated.

      • echinococcus on August 24, 2015, 2:41 pm

        Blah Chick,

        Why “happy”? Take out one of the traitors, the whole collaborationist organization remains.

  8. James Canning on August 21, 2015, 1:39 pm

    Bravo, Jimmy Carter. And how many idiot Republican candidates for president encourage Israel to seek permanent oppression of the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank?

  9. a blah chick on August 23, 2015, 4:22 pm

    People, I think it might be time to simply ignore Mr Grover. He provides no insight and has all but admitted that he takes a perverse pleasure in provoking Mondoites into outrage. No doubt he is reading these comments now while sipping Golan Heights wine and eating Sabra hummus.

    We really need a better class of hasbarist.

    • just on August 24, 2015, 10:02 am

      “We really need a better class of hasbarist.”

      Perhaps we do~ someone like Isaac Herzog. Most of the hasbarists are scared off by the level of discourse and truth that is omnipresent here @ MW.

      So here’s Gideon Levy in response to Herzog:

      “Sorry to Bore You Isaac ‘Rambo’ Herzog, but I Won’t Shut Up About Occupation …

      Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog has been complaining about my repertoire. For years I’ve been playing the same tune. Sure enough, you could say I’m a one-trick pony, as Herzog does.

      The penetrating diagnosis by the Zionist Union leader is that I have been “publishing the same article and the same text, twice and sometimes three times a week: ‘Occupation, occupation, occupation and once again occupation; only the Jews are to blame and only the Palestinians are right.’” That’s what he wrote in Haaretz last week.

      Herzog was responding to my criticism of a boast he made after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas …. Herzog said he would be more extreme in fighting terror than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

      I’m sorry I’ve been boring Rambo Herzog, the fighter of terror. Fortunately the Israeli press is full of writers who never mention the occupation, which in no way interests them. These people know that the Israelis are always right, always the victim, always the hero.

      The Palestinians, meanwhile, just want to throw us into the sea. These journalists sing the repertoire that Israeli propaganda has fed them; people who devotedly buy all its lies, whose consciences are always clean. They say “the picture is complicated” and know how to make readers feel good, as Herzog does.

      That’s most Israeli journalists. Herzog should limit his reading to them — I should have stopped pestering him long ago with this occupation stuff of mine. A groundbreaking statesman like Herzog, a leader with courageous ideas that break with convention, has no energy for trivial matters. I should have respected that.

      Still, just for the sake of unimportant factual accuracy, I should mention that unlike Herzog, I have also sifted through my share of ideas. We started together in the Labor Party, now Zionist Union’s senior partner. I arrived a few years before he did, when I still bought concepts such as “the Jordanian option,” “territorial compromise” and “functional compromise” — among the best sleight of hand of the generation of Herzog’s father, designed to solidify the occupation’s hold. (Sorry, that word slipped out).

      Then I favored the Oslo Accords, then the two-state solution. Then I thought the chance had been missed. I too didn’t believe in a boycott. Now I think it should be equal rights for everyone in a single democratic state, and there is no alternative — yes to a boycott. The short version.

      During this whole period, Herzog and his Labor Party have remained stuck, only changing their excuses. They want a “process.” Before this year’s election, Herzog talked about a five-year (!) process. After the election, it was at least two years. What will it be in the end?
      Now he has a new groundbreaking idea: The days are over in which you can go into a room with the Palestinians and come out hugging one another after signing a peace agreement. Is he hinting that peace was possible and his party missed the chance?

      As Herzog wrote, now that the Palestinians have dug tunnels “under dining rooms on kibbutzim” (where?), we need “a trailblazing diplomatic move, supported by the moderate countries in the region.”

      That’s Herzog and his party at their best: First we’ll make peace with the Sultanate of Oman and then with the Palestinians. But it will always be the other way around — if we end the occupation, the whole Persian Gulf will follow.

      And I really do write about the occupation all the time. I’ve been trying to report on its crimes for 30 years or so. It’s an obsession of sorts: A person is convinced that his country has a malignant disease and that no issue is more crucial.

      I’m sorry if that bores Herzog, but it’s a cruel reality for millions of people. It’s the reality that hasn’t changed, not the person writing about it. The Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza (and a handful of Israelis of conscience) are a lot more fed up with the occupation than Herzog is in his posh Tel Aviv neighborhood. Yes, he leads a huge political camp, as he took pains to mention twice, people who may not have voted for him but surely agree with him on one point: Enough with the nagging (about the occupation).

      So to the head of the Israeli left, I say thank you for bringing this to my attention. But I won’t stop.”

      read more:

      Bless Gideon Levy. He gets it. Never, ever give up or in.

      • a blah chick on August 24, 2015, 10:19 am

        “A groundbreaking statesman like Herzog, a leader with courageous ideas that break with convention, has no energy for trivial matters. I should have respected that.”


      • Bornajoo on August 24, 2015, 1:23 pm

        “Bless Gideon Levy. He gets it. Never, ever give up or in.”

        Amen to that Just!

    • Mooser on August 24, 2015, 12:10 pm

      “that he takes a perverse pleasure in provoking Mondoites into outrage.”

      Yes, one would think, wouldn’t one, that Mondo readers would have more compassion for a man in the process of self-poisoning with powerful distillates:

      “Being shickered up is the only way a reasonable person can fathom an Israel hatin’ Yidlach such as yourself.” – See more at:

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