Carter gets weepy in Gaza, blasts Netanyahu’s speech

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Former US President Jimmy Carter continued his tour of the region on Tuesday with a stop in the Gaza Strip, where he said he was forced to “hold back tears” at the sight of the living conditions there.

Naturally, Carter blamed those living conditions almost wholly on Israel, much to the satisfaction of the Palestinians who came out to hear him.

Carter called for an end to the violence in the area, but sought to draw moral equivalency between Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel and Israel’s military responses by claiming that a bombed out American-funded school he toured had been deliberately and without reason destroyed by Israeli bombers during the Gaza war in January.

A day earlier, Carter visited the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee at the Israeli Knesset, where he leveled harsh criticism at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the peace policies he laid out a day earlier.

“In my opinion, Netanyahu brought up several obstacles to peace in his speech that others before him have not placed,” said Carter.

In particular, the former peanut farmer was unhappy about Netanyahu’s demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as “a Jewish state, even though 20 percent of Israel’s citizens are not Jewish.”

He also took issue with Netanyahu’s refusal to halt the natural growth of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Oddly enough, on Sunday Carter visited a major Jewish settlement bloc south of Bethlehem and said he had never imagined it would need to be uprooted to make room for a Palestinian state.

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