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Despite Criticism, Carter Still To Meet Hamas

Jonathan Schanzer

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert nixed a meeting request from former US President Jimmy Carter. Olmert’s office reported that his schedule was booked, but the refusal is likely linked to Carter’s proposed meeting with Syria-based Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, Arutz Sheva reports.

Even the US State Department, often accused of coddling Hamas, is opposed to Carter’s Hamas meeting, Ynet reports.

Carter makes the asinine argument that Israel’s self-defense measures are tantamount to apartheid. He has also argued that the world community should recognize Hamas, and that the US shouldn’t favor Fatah over Hamas.

Emory professor Kenneth Stein has penned a strong response to Carter’s flawed arguments in the Middle East Quarterly.