Jimmy Carter from both sides
Whether or not former President Jimmy Carter’s “recent shrill antipathy to Israel and its interests” arose from Camp David, as Tim Rutten suggests [“In Carter’s Oval Office,” Sept. 21], he has been for years grotesquely unfair to Israel, perceiving the Palestinians as people with “rights” and Israelis as people with “demands.” He is callously unsympathetic to what Rutten eloquently describes as “the existential condition of Israeli leaders, for whom every aspect of the peace process is a negotiation over their country’s survival.”
In a recent appearance, Carter said he was “sorry that he alienated Jews.” Well, la-de-dah. It would be nice if he could say he was sorry that he got the ArabIsraeli situation so very, very wrong and that he continues to get it wrong in his writings subsequent to the infamous “Peace, Not Apartheid” debacle.
When will Carter take the trouble to actually study history instead of continuing to bleat out of his bornagain prayer book? From me, and I suspect many, many Jews, whether or not supporters of Israel, Carter does not get a pass.
May I respectfully point out that Jimmy Carter’s “shrill antipathy to Israel” Rutten refers to is shared by the vast majority of countries and citizens of the world. It is unfortunate he finds it necessary to disparage a Nobel Prize winner in his zeal to promote his Jewish agenda.