Carter’s series of meetings with top Hamas officials this past week have drawn condemnation from the U.S. and Israeli governments for engaging in diplomacy with a group they consider a terrorist organization. […]
Most Israeli officials have refused to meet Carter during his trip, angry over his insistence that Israel should talk to Hamas. Many Israelis dislike Carter’s observations about Israeli policies toward Palestinians in his recent book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.”
U.S. and Israeli officials believe Carter’s meetings with Hamas will achieve little, and could actually harm the Middle East peace process.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
Rep. Sue Myrick even wants Carter’s passport revoked and funding of the Carter center cut off. Idiot. Look, there’s no doubt that Hamas is a terrorist organization. But cutting them off altogether doesn’t seem to be working. And remember, they were elected, so no matter what your feelings are about them, they have to be part of the process. So far, the policies of the US and Israel don’t seem to be working, and if someone is trying something different, I’m all for that. Love him or hate him, Jimmy Carter’s got a far better Middle East résumé than any of the clowns condemning him (who, in my opinion, only want to see him fail because he might achieve something where their own heroes have failed miserably.)
Joshua Holland pretty much sums up how I feel:
One of the ways to almost guarantee that a peace agreement will be impossible to implement is to negotiate it without bringing all of the combatants to the table. Israel and Fatah (the faction of Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Palestinian Authority) can negotiate a deal, but if Hamas isn’t invested in it, then they’ll have no incentive to comply with its terms.
One doesn’t need to have warm feelings towards Hamas to recognize this reality.