Or should that be a rhetorical question?
Former President Carter said Monday that— the Islamic militant group that has called for the destruction of — is prepared to accept the right of the Jewish state to “live as a neighbor next door in peace.”
But Carter warned that there would not be peace if Israel and the U.S. continue to shut out Hamas and its main backer,.
Clearly, the problem is democracy. If only the U.S. and Israel weren’t so…whatever they are. Hello? Jimmy? You do realize Hamas is a terrorist organization? They blow things up and murder people? You know?
Apparently the AP agrees with Jimmy:
Israel considers Hamas to be a terrorist group and has shunned Carter because of his meetings with Hamas’ supreme chief, Khaled Mashaal, and other Hamas figures. Hamas has been behind dozens of suicide bombings and other attacks that have killed some 250 Israelis.
“Israel considers Hamas to be a terrorist group…” I’m sorry, did I miss something? Is there anyone who doesn’t consider Hamas to be terrorists? Except former presidents and the AP? I’m surprised it doesn’t say “Hamas is alleged to have been behind…”
And then there’s this:
“Let me read exactly what they accepted verbatim. This is their language: ‘Ifsucceeds in negotiating a final status agreement with Israel, Hamas will accept the decision made by the Palestinian people and their will in a referendum monitored by international observers … even if Hamas is opposed to the agreement,'” Carter said.
But Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri in Gaza said Hamas’ readiness to put a peace deal to a referendum “does not mean that Hamas is going to accept the result of the referendum.”
Someone’s lying. “Don’t negotiate with terrorists” still seems a sound operating principle to me.