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What Pre-Israeli History Should Teach Jimmy Carter about the Hamas/Fatah Deal

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Posted on May 6 2011 10:34 am

Jimmy Carter’s reputation as one of the most consistent supporters of Israel’s terrorist opponents remains intact with the publication of his “Support the Palestinian unity government” op-ed in The Washington Post.

In his 2006 book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid Carter cemented his place in history as one of the most vicious critics of Israeli policy. He has been one leading voices in support of the formation of an Islamic state in the Land of Israel since the 1970s.

Let’s take a moment and recall one part in the history in the Middle East that Carter rarely brings up.

Carter failed to grasp the danger to the Middle East, Israel and the U.S. that the watershed event of the Iranian Revolution meant. The Jihadi takeover in Tehran during the Carter presidency was one of the first parts of the campaign of terrorist violence that led to 9/11 and that we are still combating today. Carter’s Iran policy is the story of one tragic mistake after another.

Now Carter expects his opinion to be accepted in regard to Hamas – the Iranian surrogate in the land of Israel. He was wrong in Iran, wrong in criticizing Israeli policy and he’s wrong about the Fatah/Hamas “unity government.”

Carter never learns from history.

Contrast Carter with Binyamin Netanyahu. Israel’s leader has been outspoken in his criticism of Fatah for its decision to sign an agreement with Hamas.

Netanyahu knows history. He refers to it more than any other world leader.

Israel’s prime minister is very alarmed by the “reconciliation agreement.” Before an audience in London he called the deal a “tremendous blow to peace.”

What does Netanyahu know that Carter doesn’t?

He knows Zionist history. Netanyahu knows that there may not be a modern Jewish state in the land of Israel if something had not occurred in 1945. Opposing organizations the Irgun and Stern Group on one side and the Palmach and the Haganah on the other formed the Tnuat HaMeri HaIvri (the Movement of Hebrew Rebellion) to confront the British troops that occupied the British Mandate in Israel at the time. These groups had disagreed with each other vehemently and on occasion there were times that their shared hostility led to outbreaks of internecine violence.

The Zionist groups worked together under this agreement for about a year. The momentum gained during this year enabled the Irgun and Lehi (when the agreement ended) to continue to battle the British without the other groups and to force London to bring in the UN and eventually to end the British Mandate and order their soldiers home.

Netanyahu knows that the Fatah/Hamas “reconciliation” does not have to last very long to re-energize Hamas and prolong the effectiveness of their terrorist war against Israel.

Carter’s willingness to give U.S. support to Hamas is wrongheaded from the start. Carter defended the elections that brought Hamas to power. The “talks with Hamas leader Khaled Meshal” that Carter boasts of in his Post article helped to legitimize Hamas so this agreement could happen. When Hamas launches its next full-scale war against Israel, as it has pledged to do, Carter will in no small part be responsible for it.

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