Carter Says Hamas Leader Committed To Peace, Netanyahu Not


abbas-carterFormer US President Jimmy Carter called Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal a strong proponent of the peace process today and said he wasn’t meeting with Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu because it would be “a waste of time.”

The president, who has been visiting Israel and the West Bank, met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas today but didn’t meet with Netanyahu or President Reuven Rivlin.

He told reporters that he didn’t ask to meet with Netanyahu or his government, and never has, because it would be a “waste of time.” He told Channel 2 in an interview broadcast today that he requested to meet Rivlin, but the president’s office declined.

Israel officials said last week that Netanyahu and Rivlin had refused invitations to meet with Carter, who was described by an Israeli diplomatic source as “a disaster for Israel,” who holds “anti-Israel positions.”

Carter, who cancelled a planned visit to Gaza on this trip, said today he “deplored” criminal acts by members of Hamas, but said he was looking to support moderate members of the group, which he said wasn’t a terrorist organization.

“I don’t believe that he’s a terrorist. He’s strongly in favor of the peace process,” Carter said of Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal. He said Mashaal expressed interest in the Saudis hosting a “peace meeting” and that the Doha-based Hamas leader would recognize Israel’s right to exist based on the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.

Netanyahu, on the other hand, wasn’t “in favor of a two-state solution,” said the former president, who orchestrated the peace accords between Israel and Egypt in 1979.

“I don’t see that deep commitment on the part of Netanyahu to make concessions which [former prime minister] Menachem Begin did to find peace with his potential enemies,” Carter told Channel 2.

Read more at Times of Israel.



  1. Carter is the first president to endorse probable hate against the Jewish State.

    His arms are filled with Khayiffas. This is very sad.

    What a pain in the activision set.

    Never Again.

  2. If only Presidnt Jimmy Carter would honor the memory of his brother Billy by dinking Billy Beer. That would definitely cklear his befuddled brain.

  3. We are sick and tired having to read about this bumbling fool enough already don’t bring him up not one American is interested in him.

  4. Just curious – in the opinion of former President Jimmy Carter, is there a single individual on Earth who’s an anti-Semite?

  5. Hkesef Yaneeh ET Hakol
    I guess he is still being paid off. Evidently they are sTill paying the peanut farmer
    more then just peanuts


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