Mr. Carter's book ignores several basic facts
- In 2000 at Camp David, Israel supported the creation of a Palestinian state, withdrew from Gaza in 2005 and elected Ehud Olmert in 2006 on a platform to withdraw from much of the West Bank.
- In exchange for Israel's offer, what it got in return was Palestinian terrorism and suicide bombings, the election of the terrorist organization Hamas and the launching of rockets into southern Israel.
- It is not the Jewish lobby that is responsible for US policy, though supporters of Israel in America do express their democratic right to advocate on behalf of the only democracy in the region, but the American people and their representatives who understandably support Israel, an ally of the US that is eager for peace.
- There is, in fact, a full-blown discussion in America, in the media, in politics and on campuses concerning US policy. The notion that intimidation prevents this is merely one more conspiracy theory.
- The Palestinians are the ones who suffer from the kind of one-sided presentation made by Mr. Carter because it reinforces their illusions that they do not have to change - all the pressure will fall on Israel.
If only former President Carter would spend a fraction of his time and energy on getting the Palestinians to abandon their self-destructive policies, maybe then there could be some hope for the people of the Middle East
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