Jimmy Carter and Hamas

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Jimmy Carter and Hamas


Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Jimmy Carter's decision to meet with the terrorist organization Hamas is turning the former president into something of a political pariah. Before he left for the region, the State Department tried to persuade him not to meet with Hamas, but Mr. Carter rejected their advice. So, during a visit to the West Bank town of Ramallah yesterday, Mr. Carter hugged and kissed a leading Hamas official at a reception. He is scheduled to meet later this week with Hamas' Damascus-based leader, Khaled Meshaal. Mr. Carter hopes to persuade Mr. Meshaal "to agree to a peaceful resolution of differences, both with the Israelis... and also with Fatah"

After Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the Holocaust a "myth" and said Israel should be "wiped off the map," Mr. Meshaal congratulated Iranian leaders: "What Iranian officials say may not please some people, but these are just courageous declarations." Retired Army Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis, writing in Human Events, notes that in 2004 Mr. Meshaal signed a statement calling on all Muslims to join with radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, head of Iraq's Mahdi Army, in fighting against American forces in Iraq. According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, here's part of a February 2006 speech that Mr. Meshaal delivered at a mosque in Damascus. "Before Israel dies, it must be humiliated and degraded. Allah willing, before they die, they will experience humiliation and degradation every day," Mr. …

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