[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Former President Jimmy Carter has not been shy about hiding his anti-Semitism. Last year, he gave a keynote speech at a Muslim convention in Detroit during which he called on the United States to “legitimize” the terrorist group Hamas. Weeks prior to that speech in August 2014, he wrote an op-ed calling for the U.N. to legitimize Hamas. These actions led liberal law professor Alan Dershowitz to proclaim, “Jimmy Carter has now become an all-out cheerleader for Hamas.” Those actions, and more, have not gone unnoticed by Israel.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Carter will arrive in Israel within the next 10 days for meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. However, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin will not be among those with whom Carter meets. Both the prime minister and the president are refusing to meet with Carter due to his anti-Israel stance. Their decision came after meeting with the Foreign Ministry and the National Security Council.
According to the Times of Israel, a senior diplomat officials is recommending that no Israeli leader meet with Carter during the visit because of his anti-Israel positions. They detailed a sampling of Carters most recent anti-Israel activities.
During Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza last year, Carter charged that there was “no justification in the world for what Israel is doing.” He also accused Netanyahu of blocking steps toward a two-state solution and working toward a “Greater Israel.”
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]In addition to Carter’s continued siding with Hamas, there has been more actions by the former president that Israelis consider insulting.
Carter was the subject of much criticism in Israel over his 2006 book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” in which he wrote: “Israel’s continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Middle East.”
In 2013, Carter called on the European Union to label products from West Bank settlements, which, he argued, are illegal under international law, although he rejected a full economic boycott to pressure Israel over the settlements.
In a recent interview with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, he said Israel should to give up the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, while the Palestinians “make sure that they commit themselves without equivocation to the freedom of Israel to live in peace alongside them.”
Given the fact that Carter has consistently sided with terrorists while attacking America’s greatest ally, Israel, it’s not surprising that Netanyahu and Rivlin refuse to meet with him. Their decision, given Carter’s actions, is justifiable.