Carter's Book Is a Disservice to Peace

[U.S. News] David Makovsky - Jimmy Carter's most recent book will not help the Palestinians. Carter perpetuates the fictions that have helped create the current state of affairs: demonization of Israel, distortion of history, and an overall sense of victimhood that puts no premium on Palestinian accountability. Carter apparently minimizes terrorism in order to make it possible to blame Israel for malevolence. Carter would have us believe that ill will on Israel's part led it to suddenly begin building a fence in 2002 after 35 years without security barriers. But in fact it was Hamas that effectively built the barrier by inundating Israel with suicide bombings that claimed an estimated 1,000 lives between 2000 and 2004. After the barrier was built, the amount of suicide attacks dramatically decreased. The writer is a senior fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

2006-12-14 01:00:00

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