Israel: Carter’s Blind Spot

By Marvin Hier and Abraham CooperSimon Wiesenthal Center Abba Eban used to say of Arab leaders and Mideast peace: “Tthey … Continued

By Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper
Simon Wiesenthal Center

Abba Eban used to say of Arab leaders and Mideast peace: “Tthey never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” Former President Jimmy Carter, on the other hand, never misses an opportunity to say it’s all Israel’s fault.

In Sunday’s editions of The Washington Post, Mr. Carter — returning from his latest “Elders” Holy Land tour — first tells of his visit to Gaza, described “as a walled-in ghetto,” whose inhabitants are blocked by Israel from “receiving any cement, lumber… and hundreds of other needed materials needed to repair schools, hospitals, business establishments or the 50,000 homes that were destroyed or heavily damaged by Israel’s assault last January.”

Absent is even a fleeting reference to Hamas’ gift for Israel’s 2006 unilateral withdrawal from Gaza: an unrelenting suicide terror campaign and 8,000 rockets targeting adjacent civilian communities, where post-traumatic syndrome still runs close to 75%. Also missing from his narrative is the fact that even during the intense eight-month barrage of rocket fire into Sderot, this Elder did not rush there to experience first-hand Hamas’ payback for yet another Israeli “painful concession” to the “peace process”.

Mr. Carter then spoke of “a growing sense of concern and despair among those who observe, as we did, that settlement expansion is continuing apace.” Settlements have become the former President’s mantra.

But he doesn’t say with whom shall Israel make peace – with West Bank Palestinians or Gaza Palestinians? Carter is not worried that Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian National Authority, is the only president in the world who for five years has been unable to visit his people’s most populous city. Carter is blind to the growing despair among the rank and file Israelis — Left, Center, and Right — over the growing expansion of Palestinian denial of any legitimacy of their Jewish neighbors’ narrative. The latest example came just after the “Elders” departed from Gaza when religious figures, enraged that UNRWA might teach their children about the Shoah, again called the Holocaust “a lie.”

President Carter then bemoaned “An even more disturbing expansion taking place in Palestinian East Jerusalem…” But he has nothing to say about the continuing Palestinian denial of the city’s 3,500-year connection with the Jewish people. Ask Palestinians which part of Jerusalem is legitimately linked to Israelis’ forefathers, and the answer you get is “none of it.” They pretend Solomon’s Temple was in Rome, Isaiah prophesied from Afghanistan, and Jesus walked in an ancient temple in Spain.

Meanwhile another “Elder”, Archbishop Tutu, added this admonition: “The lesson that Israel must learn from the Holocaust is that it can never get security through fences, walls and guns.” With all due respect to the Archbishop, what we learned from the Holocaust is that never again should the destiny of the Jewish people be entrusted to others. For 2,000 years, Jews depended on the pity of others – we had no land and no army. And what we got in return were inquisitions, pogroms, and, finally, the Holocaust. Those painful lessons taught us, that our freedom will only be secure if we are prepared to fight for it.

Finally, in reviewing Palestinian options, Carter reports about a warning of a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state before any borders are set, and also explores the one-state solution, with right of return for millions of “refugees” to the future – no longer Jewish State – of Israel.

In that unified state, Palestinians would undertake a non-violent civil rights struggle, using, as their examples, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela. In fact, there are troubling contemporary echoes of Gandhi’s own views about Jewish destiny: Here’s what he wrote in November 1938:

“The German persecution of the Jews seems to have no parallel in history…If there ever could be a justifiable war in the name of and for humanity, a war against Germany, to prevent the wanton persecution of a whole race, would be completely justified. But I do not believe in any war. The calculated violence of Hitler may even result in a general massacre of the Jews… But if the Jewish mind could be prepared for voluntary suffering, even the massacre I have imagined could be turned into a day of thanksgiving and joy that Jehovah had wrought deliverance of the race even at the hands of the tyrant.”

And to the 600,000 Jews already living in the land of their forefathers Gandhi said:

“Palestine belongs to the Arabs. Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home… The Palestine of the Biblical conception is not geographical tract. It is in their hearts. They can settle in Palestine only by the goodwill of the Arabs…They can offer themselves to be shot or thrown in to the Dead Sea without raising a little finger against them. They will find the world opinion in their favor in their religious aspiration.”

But here’s what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., America’s ultimate non-violence practitioner, said of Israel, on March 25, 1968, less than two weeks before his assassination: “Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.”

If American Presidents past and present truly want to fast-track peace, they should be less concerned over a new bathroom or baby’s nursery added to a Jewish apartment in East Jerusalem and more involved in empowering those Palestinians prepared to teach their children that the Israeli narrative is as legitimate as theirs. When that day comes, Arabs and Jews will have finally taken the first baby steps on the road to peace.

Rabbi Marvin Hier is the dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Rabbi Abraham Cooper is associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

  • zebra4

    Is there a moral equvalency to (a) bull dozing of Palestinian homes and businesses, (b) cutting down of Olive trees of the Palestinian farmers, (c) building settlements on land grabbed from Palestinians, (d) building wall on land stolen from Palestinians, (e)assaasinating Palestinian leaders (f) putting innumerable check points to restrict Palestinian movement even in medical emergencies, (g) dropping phosphorus bombs on Ghaza, (h) bombing U.N. convoys caarrying supplies, and (i) and bombing U.N. provided shelter for women and children?Martin Luther King Jr. would be horrified to know all this if he was alive today.

  • ThomasBaum

    zebra4You wrote, “Martin Luther King Jr. would be horrified to know all this if he was alive today.”Do you think that Martin Luther King Jr. would only look at part of what is going on or maybe look at more that just part of what is going on?Take care, be ready.Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • sngnevell

    With whom is Israel to make peace?Certainly not Abbas the author of THE OTHER SIDE: THE SECRET RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NAZISM AND THE ZIONIST MOVEMENT in which Abbas claims that the Nazis killed “only” a few hundred thousand Jews, not six million and that the Zionist movement was, “…a partner in the slaughter of the Jews.”This work was Abbas’ doctoral dissertation at Moscow Oriental College in the Soviet Union and was completed in 1975.It has since become the standard of Holocaust denial in the Middle East.See: ICON OF EVIL, Dalin and Rothmann, Random House, 2008, pp 118-119.

  • Farnaz1Mansouri1

    Gentlemen:Can we get real? The ancient Jewish population of Egypt numbering tens of thousands now numbers four (4). Tunisia’s 105,000 Jews, who had been there since Roman times has shrunk to fifteen hundred. And let us not forget the synagogue bombing of a few years ago.Add to Tunisia and Egypt, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen and you get the picture. Jews murdered,deported, exiled, their property confiscated….And these nations, most of which are now wholly Judenrein, or about to be, continue to write racist filth in their daily newspapers, government run. That would include our ally Egypt. And, of course, Saudi Arabia.Now, Jimmy C. who belonged to a whites only country club, has significant oil investments, is not a surprise. HIs antisemitism was evident during his administration. He still refers to Jews as gentiles.He is a simple and simple-minded racist. As you know twenty-eight per cent of American Jews live at or on the poverty level. Seen any benefiting from Habitat for Humanity to which so many Jews contribute? You also know of the resignations due to out and out lies in his “book,” I presume.

  • Farnaz1Mansouri1

    “Meanwhile another ‘Elder’, Archbishop Tutu, added this admonition: “The lesson that Israel must learn from the Holocaust is that it can never get security through fences, walls and guns.'”Desmond Tutu also said on national television:It seems the old bigot had no problem taking the help of Ruth Fuerst, a Jew, who was murdered because of her work to end apartheid. Nelson Mandela often refers to her.Of the seven key “white” players in ending apartheid, six were Jewish. Why was that? WEre there no Christians in South Africa?Oh, yes. There was Tutu.Btw., I wish I could be spared this “elder crap.” Old men is what they are.

  • yasseryousufi

    Nice try FarnazMansouri,So now Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson are also bigots and anti-semites like Jimmy Carter. How shameless can you Zionists get. These peope are heroes to the whole humanity including blacks, whites, asians, hispanics, muslims, christians, jews except for zionists blinded by their hatred and agenda for world domination. Let me ask you who are your heroes? Who do you consider righteous Leaders? Sharon? Goldameir? Olmert?Well the good thing is that world can now see through yor lies and those of the Simon Weienthal Center crooks. This is the third attempt (I might have missed a few) to minimize the effects of that eye opening article by President Carter. No wonder you guys are getting desperate by the day. Your murdeous wars in Lebanon and Gaza have exposed Israel to every household around the world. The views expressed by Obama do not come from a vaccuum. There is growing understanding of Israel being a liability and impediment to world peace, even at the level of masses. You’ve had yor day under the sun. Now you can no longer treat Palestinians like animals and get away with it.

  • Palamas

    “…zionists blinded by their hatred and agenda for world domination.”You’ve been studying your “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” again, haven’t you?

  • yasseryousufi

    “You’ve been studying your “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” again, haven’t you?”I dont need to read it. I only have to look around me.

  • Farnaz1Mansouri1

    “You’ve been studying your “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” again, haven’t you?”I dont need to read it. I only have to look around me. yasseryousufi:Gotcha. However, what I posted are facts. The Protocols is as factual as MohammeDickFace. Have you seen it? Or do you see it just by looking around?I suspect you do.

  • yasseryousufi

    Farnaz1Mansouri1,”Gotcha. However, what I posted are facts. The Protocols is as factual as MohammeDickFace. Have you seen it? Or do you see it just by looking around?I suspect you do.”Hmm…..are you operating with two different monikers? That would be weird. So you think Mandela, Tutu, Carter and Robinsons being bigots and anti-Semites is fact? Find me 10 people who aren’t insane or Zionists that agree with you. Geez…..you ultra-orthodox jews are worst that muslim fundos~!

  • Farnaz1Mansouri1

    Hmm…..are you operating with two different monikers? That would be weird. So you think Mandela, Tutu, Carter and Robinsons being bigots and anti-Semites is fact? Find me 10 people who aren’t insane or Zionists that agree with you. Geez…..you ultra-orthodox jews are worst that muslim fundos~!Posted by: yasseryousufi Try going to first grade. It will open your eyes.

  • yasseryousufi

    “Name me one person who feels as you do who isn’t a racist Islamist lunatic.”Er….do you want me to name one person who doesn’t believe Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson and Jimmy Carter are Racist Bigots? Thats akin to asking me finding one guy who believes earth is round. Talk about going to first grade. Btw you conveniently ignore all the questions I ask. Says a bit about your character. Are you afraid of challenging those who challenge your views? I doubt you Zionists are really interested ever in debate. I can see however, that you guys are expert at dodging questions.

  • ThomasBaum

    yasseryousufiI would like to make a few comments.You wrote, “I doubt you Zionists are really interested ever in debate.”I don’t really know what “Zionists” means but it seems as if it is just another “label” that some apply to others in such a way as to make the term “Zionists” ultimately meaningless.As in stereotyping.I am just a person who has met God and God being a Trinity and Jesus of Nazareth being God-Incarnate means that if the god of islam gets upset if anyone says this fact, to put it mildly, then it is obvious that the god of islam is just a god-wannabe.Yes, the god of islam is real but he is not god, he is satan.Islam is about world-domination via theocracy whereas Jesus very plainly stated that His Kingdom was not of this world and yet the god of islam has tried to claim Jesus as a prophet and only a prophet, so in effect the god of islam is distorting what Jesus so plainly spoke.Granted, there have been many thru the ages that have and do call themselves “Christian” that have tried to set up a theocracy but that is not what Jesus so plainly spoke.But as I have said, the True, Living, Triune, Triumphant God is not an egomaniac, as the god of islam is, but is a Being of Pure Love.God is a searcher of hearts and minds, not of religious affiliations or lack thereof and It is important what one does and why one does it and what one knows.Therefore, it does not even matter what one believes, since Truth is Truth whether anyone believes it or not.The Jews are the “Chosen People” for the simple reason that God not only chose them but also formed them. This does not mean that the Jews are better or anything like that, it just means that they are the “Chosen People” which is part of God’s unfolding Plan which will come to Fruition.God’s Kingdom, the new heavens and the new earth, which will come about on the seventh day and will be preceded by the night of the sixth day, is for not only All of humanity but is also for All of creation.Take care, be ready.Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • yasseryousufi

    ThomasBaum,Anyone, unless he has been living under a rock knows who a Zionist is. A Zionist and Christian fundamentalist like yourself are also idiots (among other things) who believe that by insulting the revered religious figures of other religions they somehow sound cool. Its just a way for them to run away from a real meaningful debate. I am no fan of Islamic fundamentalists either, but you gotta give it to them that even the most fanatic of them doesn’t take any pleasure in denigrating Jesus, Moses, Mary, Holy Trinity etc. In the now legendary word of Barney Franks “Trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining table, I have no interest in doing that”. That goes for all other fundos like you~!

  • Farnaz1Mansouri1

    Wow, so you apply the contents of a book you haven’t read to what you see around you! Hookah must have fried what remains of your brains.

  • yasseryousufi

    I am now doubting if I am even talking to an adult. Here is one more time what I said.”So now Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson are also bigots and anti-semites like Jimmy Carter. How shameless can you Zionists get. These people are heroes to the whole humanity including blacks, whites, asians, hispanics, muslims, christians, jews except for zionists blinded by their hatred and agenda for world domination. Let me ask you who are your heroes? Who do you consider righteous Leaders? Sharon? Goldameir? Olmert?”I just you take a deep, sleep before replying to this post, to get rid of your hangover or take whatever medication that you take. Read it carefully. I have never claimed to read the Protocols of whatever. These kind of books do not interest me. You have built your whole argument on a misconception. That is common with so many others like you who approach every issue with their preconceived notions and closed minds. In a way I feel sorry for you. All this hatred and anger will hurt no one but yourself.

  • Farnaz1Mansouri1

    Here again is your post; “You’ve been studying your “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” again, haven’t you?”I dont need to read it. I only have to look around me.Posted by: yasseryousufi | September 10, 2009 4:43 PMHere again is what I wrote:Can we get real? The ancient Jewish population of Egypt numbering tens of thousands now numbers four (4). Tunisia’s 105,000 Jews, who had been there since Roman times has shrunk to fifteen hundred. And let us not forget the synagogue bombing of a few years ago.Add to Tunisia and Egypt, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen and you get the picture. Jews murdered,deported, exiled, their property confiscated….And these nations, most of which are now wholly Judenrein, or about to be, continue to write racist filth in their daily newspapers, government run. That would include our ally Egypt. And, of course, Saudi Arabia.Now, Jimmy C. who belonged to a whites only country club, has significant oil investments, is not a surprise. HIs antisemitism was evident during his administration. He still refers to Jews as gentiles.He is a simple and simple-minded racist. As you know twenty-eight per cent of American Jews live at or on the poverty level. Seen any benefiting from Habitat for Humanity to which so many Jews contribute?You also know of the resignations due to out and out lies in his “book,” I presume.Since you are so interested in Zionism, perhaps, you will be so kind as to explain which particular thinker, which works, you are referring to. The number of books on Zionism could fill a college library.But first, I would suggest you find someone to help you decipher the meaning of what you have written. Second, I suggest you learn something about the history of what you write.Nelson Mandela continues to praise Ruth Fuerst, her husband, and the six out of seven White South Africans who were instrumental to his movement. Those six were Jews.Nelson Mandela does not refer to Jews as gentiles, as Carter does. Nelson Mandela never said on nationwide television that “The Jews (sic) are a complaining people.”Carter did. Bigotry is bigotry regardless from whom it comes. Until you grasp this, you will have nothing to offer anyone, including yourself. Nothing but bluster, that is.

  • Farnaz1Mansouri1

    Should have written: “Tutu did,” not “Carter did.”

  • yasseryousufi

    FarnazMansouri1,Always trust a Zionist for giving a spin to even the most clearly understandable sentence. What I said ABSOLUTELY meant that I hadn’t read that book, nor do I ever have the interest in doing so. Now we can argue about that forever, but I know the hardnut like you would never admit he’s wrong.Talk about Ad-Hominem attacks. If anything…..I’ve learnt it from people like you. The moment anyone says anything that remotely criticizing Israel, your first line of attack is an ad-hominem attack. This way you guys are always able to dodge the legitimate questions raised. I will again ask you to go out and find out if anyone else outside Israel thinks that the elders referred to in this posts are racist bigots. But you will keep raising these petty points, like what he must have once said or she must have once did. This is your modus operandi and i’ve been around long enough to know that.

  • yasseryousufi

    “Read Rumi. Then E. Levinas.”Are you trying to put on the garb of a pacifist now? Ok so you’ve read Rumi~! STOP SHOWING OFF. Thats the 4th time you’ve said read Rumi. Rumi’s poetry was part of my course work. I’ve read commentaries on it. Apparently its not made much difference to you. You are still a hater who insults the prophet of Rumi.

  • ThomasBaum

    yasseryousufi You wrote, “A Zionist and Christian fundamentalist like yourself are also idiots (among other things) who believe that by insulting the revered religious figures of other religions they somehow sound cool.”I don’t know why you would call me a “Christian fundamentalist” and an idiot but that is fine.But as far as “insulting the revered religious figures of other religions they somehow sound cool.”, I have never insulted Mohammed or any other “religious figure” of islam if that is what you are implying, what I have said straight-forward is that the god of islam is satan.I have also said that I do not hold it against Mohammad that he was deceived by satan, I have also said that satan can come across as mister nice guy but he isn’t.Seems to me, from those that know more about islam than me or at least say they do, it is the god of islam that gets bent out of shape if someone says that Jesus Is God-Incarnate, it this true or not?Jesus extended the question to us, “Who do you say that I AM?” I say that He Is God-Incarnate, it is that simple.I have also said: God is a searcher of hearts and minds, not of religious affiliations or lack thereof, in other words, God looks beyond our “faith” and actually looks at us.You also wrote, “Its just a way for them to run away from a real meaningful debate.”Jesus did not become One of us to debate, did He? I am not here to debate either, God chose me to speak, so I speak.You also wrote, ” but you gotta give it to them that even the most fanatic of them doesn’t take any pleasure in denigrating Jesus,…”If you read what I have written, I have not bad-mouthed Muslims, I have pointed out the fact that the god of islam has attempted to claim God-Incarnate as his prophet. satan, among other things, is a liar.You also wrote, “In the now legendary word of Barney Franks “Trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining table, I have no interest in doing that”. That goes for all other fundos like you~!”All human beings are individual people, if you wish to group any set of human beings under a “label” chosen by you, that is your choice.See you and the rest of humanity in the Kingdom.Take care, be ready.Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.