Jimmy Carter disturbed by negative reaction to Hamas coup

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Western powers have unanimously denounced Hamas' brutal military conquest of the Gaza Strip, and former US president Jimmy Carter doesn't like that one bit.

According to Cater, the tendency of the US, Europe and Israel to favor Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah over Hamas is dooming the Palestinians to further division and civil strife.

“This effort to divide Palestinians into two peoples now is a step in the wrong direction. All efforts of the international community should be to reconcile the two, but there's no effort from the outside to bring the two together,” the Associated Press quoted the former Nobel Peace Prize laureate as telling a gathering of Irish human rights officials.

He went on to praise the “superior skills and discipline” Hamas had displayed during its months in power and last week's defeat of numerically superior US-backed forces loyal to Abbas.

Carter helped monitor the 2006 Palestinian legislative election, and later hailed Hamas' landslide victory as a fresh opportunity for peace.

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