Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin have declined a request to meet former Democratic President Jimmy Carter when he is due to visit Israel in the next few weeks.
Jerusalem officials confirmed that Israel’s Foreign Ministry and National Security Council discussed the matter and decided it would be best that Carter’s request be declined. A senior official told Israel’s Channel 10 News that Carter is a “disaster for Israel,” and all Israeli leaders should follow suit and refuse to meet with the former Democratic Party leader.
During last summer’s war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, Carter advocated for the removal of the jihadi group from the U.S. list of terrorist organizations. Carter said during the war that there was “no justification in the world for what Israel is doing,” even as Hamas was firing rockets indiscriminately at Israel’s population centers and using its women and children as human shields.
Because of Carter’s radical viewpoint on Israeli-Arab relations, the Foreign Ministry recommended to the Israeli officials that the 39th president’s request be declined due to his “anti-Israel stance.”
In 2006, Carter published an anti-Israel book that accused Israel of being a racist state. His book, titled “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” talked about Israel’s supposed “continued control and colonization of Palestinian land.” The former American president has also endorsed the anti-Israel, radical BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) movement, which calls for the boycott of Israeli-made products.
While he was president, Carter presided over the 1978 Camp David Accords, which led to a 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin shared the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize for agreeing to the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty, which continues to be upheld.
Although Carter established a meeting place for the two parties, Sadat’s unprecedented willingness to engage a Jewish State along with Israel’s prior military success were regarded as the two primary reasons for the treaty’s successful implementation. Sadat would later be assassinated by fundamentalists who sought to undermine the peace treaty with Israel.