Jimmy Carter to U.S. Jews: Forgive me for stigmatizing Israel

After making millions of singling out Israel and spreading misleading half-truths and even lies about the Jewish State, along with aiding and giving legitimacy to Islamic terrorist groups such as Hamas, Jimmy Carter has decided to offer an apology of sorts for stagmatizing Israel.

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter has apologized to the American Jewish community for 'stigmatizing Israel' and asked for forgiveness for his actions, the JTA reported on Monday.

"We must recognize Israel's achievements under difficult circumstances, even as we strive in a positive way to help Israel continue to improve its relations with its Arab populations, but we must not permit criticisms for improvement to stigmatize Israel," Carter wrote in a letter to the JTA.

"As I would have noted at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but which is appropriate at any time of the year, I offer an Al Het for any words or deeds of mine that may have done so," Carter wrote, referring to the prayer said on Yom Kippur in which Jews ask God for forgiveness for any sins.

Well, Mr. President, "sorry" ain't gonna cut it. You used the term "apartheid" in your pathetic little book solely to make some more money, knowing it would give more legitimacy to a false analogy. You, yourself have even said

"It's not Israel. The book has nothing to do with what's going on inside Israel which is a wonderful democracy, you know, where everyone has guaranteed equal rights and where, under the law, Arabs and Jews who are Israelis have the same privileges about Israel. That's been most of the controversy because people assume it's about Israel. It's not.
and
"I've never alleged that the framework of apartheid existed within Israel at all, and that what does exist in the West Bank is based on trying to take Palestinian land and not on racism. So it was a very clear distinction."
. Also, let us not forget your quoting of the false Mandela quote But Jimmy, I cannot blame you for trying.

Tags: Israel, Jimmy Carter, Palestinians (all tags)

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Re: Forgive me for stigmatizing Israel

It is actually the fault of the Norweigans, who may be the biggest anti-Semites of all, having given people like Carter, Mandela, and the unmentioned Bishop Tutu the Nobel peace prize.

Can you imagine such hypocrisy? What were they thinking?

Actually Carter is wrong about Israel, this great democracy, whose segregation laws for "Arabs," i.e., its Palestinian citizens, amount to nothing less than another Jim Crow society. But given Israel's right wing Likud trajectory, by continuing to steal Palestinian lands in the territories, it is undoubtedly headed for Apartheid. Jeff Halper said as much a few years before Carter's excellent book was published.

Carter was correct about that, and the title of his book: Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, was right on target.

by MainStreet 2009-12-22 02:30AM | 0 recs
Re: Jimmy Carter

Israel will become to this century what South Africa was to the last.    

I say we kick the oil habit and leave the Middle East to rot in the heat and the sand.   Let them all kill each other.  

by RichardFlatts 2009-12-22 05:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Jimmy Carter to U.S. Jews: Forgive me for stig

Well, good for him.

Carter is a good man, but when it comes to Israel he simply does not know what the hell he is doing.

By promoting the "apartheid" label he became a god-send to those who wish to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish state.

It's a step in the right direction and hopefully it indicates some actually self-reflection on his part.

I certainly hope so, anyway.

by Karmafish 2009-12-22 07:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Jimmy Carter to U.S. Jews

I don't really think it's for you to say "apology not accepted."

by Steve M 2009-12-22 09:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Jimmy Carter to U.S. Jews

Who do you think has that right?

by Karmafish 2009-12-22 09:10AM | 0 recs
Re: Jimmy Carter to U.S. Jews

God?  Stephen Colbert?

by Steve M 2009-12-22 02:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Forgive me for stigmatizing Israel

"By promoting the "apartheid" label he became a god-send to those who wish to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish state."

Would that be people like Jeff Halper, who spent his adult life protesting against Palestinian house demolitions, over 18,000 at last count?

Here's the Apartheid state of Palestine in the making. It has been referred to as a Gulag, but in effect it is a collection of bantustans. A bantustan is a unit of Apartheid. Carter did not retract his pronouncements about Palestine, so you and Lakrosse shouldn't get too excited.

by MainStreet 2009-12-22 10:21AM | 0 recs
Well,

the only people pushing the "apartheid" analogy are anti-Zionist ideologues.

And the problem, of course, is that few people will really take anti-Zionist ideologues seriously precisely because they are ideologues and thus less interested in the truth than in pushing their anti-Israel agenda.

In the mean time, tho, while people such as yourself are seething with hatred, Israel is actually doing quite nicely.

Much better than anyone would have expected in '48.

With luck perhaps the Palestinian leadership will finally accept a state for their people... something that they have adamantly refused to do lo these many decades.

by Karmafish 2009-12-22 12:23PM | 0 recs
Re: Well,

You must be new here, condoning Lakrosse, a self admitted extremist proponent of Likud, and it is clear that what remarks you have already made are nothing less than old fashioned hasbara, or propaganda, perhaps off the GIYUS site.

This diary was posted a few weeks ago about Palestinian statehood in the eyes of Likud, but also of Kadima and Labor: none of them support a Palestinian state.

The Likud Charter: wiping Palestine off the map
by MainStreet, Thu Dec 10, 2009

When my attention was drawn to the article quoted below by Diane Nakamura, I suddenly realized that it is not Iran that intends to "wipe Israel off the map," but it is Israel that intends to "wipe Palestine off the map." And that is not just a threat. It is the reality.

Observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict often talk about the Hamas Charter, and the earlier PLO Charter, but no one speaks of the intents of the Likud Charter, the Bible of Israel's Likud party now in power to wipe Palestine off the map. But that is precisely what has been happening for the past 60 years.

The Likud Charter

PEACE AND SECURITY chapter of the Likud Party Platform

1. Declaration of a Palestinian State: A unilateral Palestinian declaration of the establishment of a Palestinian state will constitute a fundamental and substantive violation of the agreements with the State of Israel and the scuttling of the Oslo and Wye accords. The government will adopt immediate stringent measures in the event of such a declaration.

2. Settlements: The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria [West Bank] and Gaza are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.

3. The Permanent Status: The overall objectives for the final status with the Palestinians are: to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians on the basis of a stable, sustainable agreement and replace confrontation with cooperation and good neighborliness, while safeguarding Israel's vital interests as a secure and prosperous Zionist and Jewish state.

4. Self-Rule: The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan River. The Palestinians can run their lives freely in the framework of self-rule, but not as an independent and sovereign state. Thus, for example, in matters of foreign affairs, security, immigration and ecology, their activity shall be limited in accordance with imperatives of Israel's existence, security and national needs.

4. Jerusalem: Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem, including the plan to divide the city.

5. The Jordan River as a Permanent Border: The Jordan Valley and the territories that dominate it shall be under Israeli sovereignty. The Jordan River will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel. The Kingdom of Jordan is a desirable partner in the permanent status arrangement between Israel and the Palestinians in matters that will be agreed upon.

6. Security Areas: The government succeeded in significantly reducing the extent of territory that the Palestinians expected to receive in the interim arrangement.

The Likud Charter wipes Palestine off the map for good, leaving the Palestinian people in a kind of limbo, which some (like Jimmy Carter) propose is nothing less than an Apartheid existence, a collection of bantustans, within an Israel that extends from the Jordan River to the sea, not unlike what existed for Black South Africans under the Afrikaaner government in the 1980s.

Likud's intent to nullify Palestinian freedom and self-determination was previously also found in the document, A Clean Break, a plan developed by American Neocons for the first Netanyahu government in 1996.

Got it now. Your hasbara is below the intelligence of most bloggers on this site. When Israel offers the Palestinians a state that is not just an Apartheid collection of bantustans, come back and let us know about it.

by MainStreet 2009-12-22 02:25PM | 0 recs
Who said anything about Likud?

Not me.

btw, of the various ways in which anti-Zionist ideologues seek to delegitimize the voices of pro-Israel folk is by constantly suggesting some connection to GIYUS or hasbara or whatever.

It seems incomprehensible to you that normal people, people unconnected to such things, might have an alternative viewpoint.

by Karmafish 2009-12-22 02:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Who said anything about Likud?

Ooops.

This comment was supposed to be attached to Mainstreet's above.

by Karmafish 2009-12-22 02:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Who said anything about Likud?

The alternative viewpoint is the Likud Charter quoted above that shows an intention of this government to "wipe Palestine off the map."

You must be new at this. Have a reading problem?

I posted an earlier diary about how it, the ethnic cleansing, that is, is being done in the Jordan Valley. Look it up. It has been going on since 1967, well, 1948 is really a better starting point.

No matter. Jimmy Carter was perfectly correct about "Palestine" and even Lakrosse knows it.

You must be the first person who ever recommended a diary by Lakrosse. Congratulations. He was feeling very lonely until you arrived.

by MainStreet 2009-12-22 03:05PM | 0 recs
please stop with the buzz words

like "ethnic cleansing." There is no ethnic cleansing, and if there is and has been going on since 1948 as you claim, it is sure as hell the damned slowest one in history, or one of the slowest. Not even Carter has resorted to using "ethinc cleansing." he can't even get his story straight regarding "apartheid" is Israel/Palestinian Territories.

by Lakrosse 2009-12-22 03:33PM | 0 recs
It's always a sure tip-off

that you're dealing with an ideologue when they use those kinds of buzz words.

by Karmafish 2009-12-22 03:53PM | 0 recs
So.

You are suggesting that there are only 2 possible ways of viewing I-P?

Either one is an anti-Zionist or one is Likud?

That's not a very sophisticated take on what is a very sensitive and complex issue... obviously.

by Karmafish 2009-12-22 03:53PM | 0 recs

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