He might be foolish and decrepit, but Jimmy Carter also happens to be an ex President of the United States. So when he decides to meet up with a terrorist group dedicated to Israel’s destruction, said terrorist group feels legitimized.
But don’t take my word for it.
A Hamas delegation crossed into Egypt from Gaza on Wednesday for talks with Jimmy Carter after Israel barred the former US president from visiting the Palestinian territory.
Carter and his wife Rosalynn flew to Cairo from Tel Aviv in a private jet, an airport official said.
Hardline Hamas leader Zahar hailed the prospective meeting with Carter, although Carter Centre officials would neither confirm nor deny plans for the encounter.
“President Carter can break all the Israeli retraints that they want to place between him and Hamas and so we and our brothers in Damascus are determined to meet with him,” Zahar told reporters at the Rafah border crossing.
The former president is expected to meet exiled Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal in Damascus on Friday, despite strong opposition from Israel and the US administration.
Carter “affirmed the legitimacy of Hamas and that it is a national liberation movement despite the fact that he did not say so officially,” Zahar added.
I have to agree with Shimon Peres on this one. Carter has caused great damage to Israel and the peace process, and continues to do so.