Carter: Hamas Will Recognize Israel; Hamas: Like Heck We Will!!
May 17, 2008 – In mid-April, Jimmy Carter visited with the leaders of Hamas in the Middle East. This CNN Video shows a distinct disparity between what Carter got out of the meeting and what Hamas leader Khalid Meshaal recognized. Is this wishful thinking by Carter, or a brickbat with which to beat pro-Israelis about the head?
Kevin Saunders of the War and Peace Foundation calls Carter “the best ex-president” America has ever had. I’m sure some people would call him, in reverse, one of the worst presidents we have ever had.
In the following video, Meshaal compares the Palestinian uprising to The American Revolution and the French resistance to Nazi Germany. He claims that Hamas never deliberately kills civilians. He claims that no one speaks out when Israeli retribution kills innocent Palestinian women and children.
Here, Meshaal points to the Vanity Fair Article that the US used propaganda against Hamas to prevent them from winning seats in the recent elections in Palestine. Hamas is not anxious to talk with US, because they don’t trust US administration, but they will talk if asked. US makes the talks impossible by vetoing talks with Hamas.
Dennis Ross recently told David Frost that although it seems Bush is acting like Clinton in trying to broker peace near the end of his administration, the difference is that Clinton did a lot more mediating, and Bush is just doing a lot of talking. He does point out that Hamas is completely opposed to a two-state solution. The “publics” today are much less hopeful than at the end of the Clinton presidency that a peaceful solution can be achieved. Ross notes that President Bush is very careful to choreograph his present visit to the Middle East to avoid crowds, most of whom would give him a very negative reception.