woensdag 23 december 2009

Carter wel oprecht ten aanzien van Israel?

Is Jimmy Carter gewoon een oportunist of die bewogen man die hij zo graag laat zien?
In de krant the Jewish Telegraph Agency verkondigde hij gisteren dat hij tot inkeer is gekomen en dat het kritiseren van Israel niet mag leiden tot stigmatisering van het land.
Hij haalt er zijn ervaring op grote verzoendag bij om duidelijk te maken hoe hij tot dit inzicht en tot zijn inkeer is gekomen.
Maar nu blijken er gewoon praktische egoistische redenen te zijn om zijn houding te veranderen.
Hij wil zijn kleinzoon niet in de weg lopen in zijn politieke carriere en dat doet hij wel als hij Israel blijft afkammen en beschuldigen van apartheid.
Gewoon dus een oportunist en inderdaad iemand die elke gelegenheid aangrijpt om in de belangstelling te staan.
Hij is kennelijk niet zo`n overtuigd voorvechter voor de Palestijnen en de politieke carriere van zijn kleinzoon gaat voor.
In ieder geval kan men nu weten wat voor soort vlees men in de kuip heeft met Garter.
 
MS
 
Carter: Grandson's race not reason for apology
 
Former US president denies apology to US Jews due solely to grandson's decision to launch political career

WASHINGTON - Former US President Jimmy Carter insists that his letter of apology addressed to US Jews published on Monday was not simply due to the fact that his grandson has decided to launch a political career and run for the Georgia state senator.

The former president's grandson, Jason Carter, 34, an Atlanta-area lawyer, is considering a run to fill a seat covering suburban DeKalb County should the incumbent, David Adelman, be designated ambassador to Singapore.

News of the young Carter's political ambitions has led some to suspect the former president's motives behind his apology were insincere.

But Carter senior told the Jewish Telegraph Agency in an interview published Tuesday that ethnic electoral considerations were not reason enough to reach out to the Jewish community, although he did not outright deny that it was a factor.

"Jason has a district, the number of Jewish voters in it is only 2%," he said, chuckling.

The senior Carter, who is not a popular character in Israel, enraged the American Jewish community in the past with various statements made in his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."

In the book, Carter blamed Israel for impeding the Middle East peace process via settlement construction, further claiming such a policy will lead to apartheid. The publication of the book caused 14 Jews to quit their jobs at the Carter Center in 2006.

Since then Carter has been trying to restore relations with the Jewish public. He hoped to appear in synagogues or Jewish community centers to explain himself and apologize, but his efforts were rejected.

He therefore decided to publish his letter of apology in a Jewish news agency around the holiday season, in hopes of reaching the public.

In a statement following his grandfather's letter, Jason Carter said: "While I was very happy to see my grandfather's letter, it was completely unrelated to my campaign. The letter is a product of discussions with some of his friends in the Jewish community that have been going on for a long time. I, like many others, see this as a great step towards reconciliation."

 

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