President Jimmy Carter has defied Israel by meeting with a former minister in the Hamas government. The Hamas official was greeted by Carter with a hug and kisses to both cheeks. All the presidential candidates condemned Carter for his contact with Hamas. The White House also weighed in. The prime minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, refused to meet Carter because of his plans to meet Hamas’ top leader in Syria later this week.

Carter argues that in any final peace process the views of Hamas will have to be considered. After all Hamas is the democratically elected government of Gaza. Carter is not an official representative of the United States. He is in the Middle East as a private citizen. He wants to further the peace process. After all it was Carter who brokered Israel’s first peace treaty with an Arab neighbour, Egypt, signed in 1979.

Is there any reason why President Carter should not meet with officials of the democratically elected government of Gaza?



  1. 1
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Jimmy Carter meeting with Hamas is as shameful as Pierre Trudeau cozying up with Fidel Castro. Yes, both did it as private citizens (Trudeau even did it while Prime Minister) bu they carry with them the reputation of the office that they previously held.

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    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    Wether we like it or not Hamas was legally and democratically chosen by the Palestinian people of Gaza. Ignoring it is an major error. The palestinians are being punished for not voting as « Dubbia » wanted them to. Burma is being damned for not respecting the results of its 1998 elections. Are we not doing the same thing here?
    I don’t agree with Hamas’s agenda, but they will not budge if they are isolated and their population famished and kept without electricity, jobs and life necessities.
    Israel has a right to security which will never be achieved without Hamas changing it’s agenda and this will not occur under current conditions. Carter is on the right track.

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    Joe Agnost Says:

    Perhaps the american gov’t shouldn’t have pushed for democratic election in palestine if they aren’t going to respect the results… I think Paul is on the right track (above).

    I don’t like HAMAS as much as the next guy – but the palestinians elected them!!

  4. 4
    Chimera Says:

    « Is there any reason why President Carter should not meet with officials of the democratically elected government of Gaza? »

    Is there any reason why we (or any government bodies of any countries) should care about the actions of a private citizen who has no official status with any government?

    If the White House doesn’t like it, they can pull his Secret Service detail and turn him loose for real.

  5. 5

    All in the name of « progress. »

    Carter is indeed a private citizen but he WAS President and this still carries some weight. A president who did a swell job dealing with the Iranians – cough. Sean Penn, Jiimmy Carter. What’s the diff? The new mercenary foreign services department is not looking good.

    It won’t amount to much.

    I’m still waiting for the Jimmy Carter to put out peanut butter. He’d be more useful with that.

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    Cornelius T. Zen Says:

    Good morrow, all! What exactly did Jimmy Carter and Hamas discuss? After all, Mr. Carter DID win the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring about peaceful relations between Israel and Egypt. And exactly how many such awards has Dubya earned in his terms in office? If Dubya was truly serious about bringing about peace in that region, he would have taken israel and ALL Palestinian political groups to the woodshed for a spell. It must be in SOMEBODY’S interest to keep the pot boiling in the Middle East. Divide and conquer, perhaps? CTZen

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