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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Not necessarily better late than never: Carter apologized for anti-Semitic propaganda, or did he?

After ranting for years, at every opportunity about the evil Jews and their control of the US government, spreading racism for fun and profit, lying about the history of the Middle East and peace negotiations, Jimmy Carter admits he "may" have caused Israel harm and repents ( see Carter apologizes to Jewish community):
In a letter released exclusively to JTA, the former US president sent a seasonal message wishing for peace between Israel and its neighbors, and concluded: "We must recognize Israel's achievements under difficult circumstances, even as we strive in a positive way to help Israel continue to improve its relations with its Arab populations, but we must not permit criticisms for improvement to stigmatize Israel. As I would have noted at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but which is appropriate at any time of the year, I offer an Al Het for any words or deeds of mine that may have done so."
 It is better than nothing. To which a spokesman for the progressive coalition against Israel and the Jewish conspiracy will reply, "Now he tells us. We were all ready with the gas chambers and the other things needed to deal with Jewish control of the United States (AKA ZOG - The Zionist Occupied Government) and now Carter seems to be having second thoughts. Without Carter to lead us, we are a flock that has lost its shepherd.  Anyone want to buy some brand new gas chambers?"
Carter's "apology" is fluff. "I offer an Al Het for any words or deeds of mine that may have done so." doesn't do it. An Al Het is ordinarily offered for inadvertant wrongs that might have been done without being noticed. It is not a confession of guilt and repentance for specific transgressions. It is like the Godfather "apologizing" for "any harm I may have done" after wiping out someone's family.  It indicates that Carter doesn't understand or will not admit that lying about Israel is wrong, and that claiming that Jews control America and won't let him tell the truth is evil rubbish.
He didn't present incorrect fiction about the peace process inadvertantly or in the spirit of constructive criticism. He was not there to correct and improve, since lies and inflammatory slogans like "Apartheid" cannot be constructive or improving. He deliberately spread lies about Israel. Carter's falsehoods were deliberate. He would not retract his infamous fiction about the map of peace proposals even after Dennis Ross pointed out that it is a lie. He still did not retract it. He also spread racist incitement about Jews in the United States.  At least he could have said, "ooik, the Saudis paid me a lot of money to do this. I'm sorry, but you know, business is business." He needs to acknowledge and disown specific lies that he spread. Without that, his "apology" is an insult to our intelligence, an attempt to ingratiate himself with Jews and with decent people who were horrified by his anti-Semitic rants, while at the same time giving himself a license to continue doing exactly the same thing.
The Emperor Constantine, after leading a life of violence, was finally baptized on his deathbed, to wipe away all sin. Jimmy Carter is not there yet, and there is no indication he is done sinning. His apology to the Jews is premature. He will sin again.
The door to repentance and forgiveness must always be open. But Carter must really apologize. He must admit that no sinister Zionist conspiracy has stifled his freedom of speech, that his account of the peace process was fraudulent, that his justification for terrorism was beyond the pale.
Ami Isseroff

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