Jimmy Carter has been criticized by many people in the media for being erratically against Israel in his position. He paperwork in his book that he has been called "an anti-Semite, senile, a liar, a plagiarist, a racist, unfamiliar with the region and a supporter of terrorism" because of his writings.
In the book, Carter defends himself by saying that only months after taking office back that he told a reporter that Israel needs to be "recognized by the Palestinians" and any belief or idea of destroying Israel should change. He says that in many ways, "the same reply might be given today."
Carter also unequivocally condemns Hamas for launching rockets from Gaza into southern Israel. He tells Hamas that their rockets are "counterproductive" to their aspirations to be free. The one thing that makes Carter totally different from other individuals who condemn Hamas is that he really describes the dire state of affairs that the Palestinians are in.
He starts the book off by telling us his early fascination of the Middle East area as a child after which offers us a short overview of all the loss of life and destruction that Israel and her neighbors have achieved to every other. The 2nd chapter includes the awful fact of the unlawful settlements and the way each President since Lyndon B. Johnson has considered the settlements in the occupied territory to be unlawful and an impediment to peace. Each Israeli administration since LBJ has continued to increase the settlements regardless of protest from the U.S.
Carter explains that the settlements have been a serious obstacle to peace efforts. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice once mentioned while she was in Jerusalem that she was "very involved" about the continual building of settlements at a time when we try to "build confidence." The response by Israel was to build 1300 new homes within the West Bank and projected 40,000 more during the subsequent decade."
Something needs to be completed concerning the Palestinians in the West Bank and Carter talks about how Israel is slowly shifting towards a one state solution. The situation of the Palestinians becoming citizens of Israel and demanding full rights is something that could cause Israel to lose its Jewish majority.
Prime Minister Ehud Olemert is quoted in an interview with the Jewish newspapers Yediot Aharamot as having said that if Palestinians ever demand the fitting to vote as citizens of Israel, "we'll lose everything." He also stated to the Haaretz paper that if a two state answer does not work, we'll "face a South African-type wrestle for equal voting rights."
Within the chapter titled "Can Hamas Play a Function," Carter acknowledges why Israel is reluctant to have interaction Hamas because of their refusal to just accept the existence of Israel. What Carter tries to explain is that despite Hamas not officially recognizing the state of Israel
, they can and must be approached at the negotiating table. The method of excluding Hamas is "just not working" and in accordance with Carter, Hamas has stated that they are keen to simply accept any deal made by Fatah and Mahmoud Abbas if it is submitted by a referendum vote by the Palestinian people.
Carter also describes the dire situation in Gaza that preceded the recent bombing campaign by Israel. After the removal of Jewish settlers from Gaza in 2.06, Carter paperwork how the borders had been sealed in order that transportation of food and fuel have been restricted by Israel from land, air, and sea. Carter quotes the UN which says that "eighty% of Gazans are depending on meals support" and "40% are unemployed with 95% of planned building operations suspended." He says that suppressing Hamas "only exacerbates the cycle of violence" and makes them more popular with the people.
The book ends by saying the blood of Abraham continues to run by the veins of Jews, Christians, and Arabs and "too much of it has been spilled" within the holy land. The folks themselves need peace, but those in power have finished every thing they can to prevent it. A ballot shows that 64% of Israelis "assist direct talks" of their authorities and Hamas however he says that it is the minority conservative leaders in Israel that have done all the pieces to avoid peace and these leaders and have been backed by powerful American Jewish organizations.
The solutions that Mr. Carter proposes is that now we have a demilitarized Palestinian state with an international peacekeeping force at the borders, a withdrawal of all settlers from the pre-1967 armistice line, except from the city of Jerusalem which needs to be a capital of Israel and Palestine, the fitting of the Palestinians to return to their homes in the West Bank and Gaza, and a dedication from each sides to recognize their proper to live peacefully side by side.