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Jimmy Carter on Palestine « Previous | |Next »
December 31, 2006

I have not read Jimmy Carter's Peace Not Apartheid. I mentioned it here in passing. I have not seen many reviews. Has it been mentioned, reviewed, commented upon in Australia, apart from Anthony Lowenstein? It should be reviewed as Carter is taking on the orthodoxies in his own culture.

Here are some quotes from the text, courtesy of Norman Finklestein's review at Counterpunch. They make intersting reading in the light of this debate.

The overriding problem is that, for more than a quarter century, the actions of some Israeli leaders have been in direct conflict with the official policies of the United States, the international community, and their own negotiated agreements. Israel's continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Holy Land. In order to perpetuate the occupation, Israeli forces have deprived their unwilling subjects of basic human rights. No objective person could personally observe existing conditions in the West Bank and dispute these statements. (pp. 207-9)

You can see why Carter's text is not very popular amongst those in Australia who defend Israel, but ignore the way that the Israeli state has colonized Palestinian land and it occupies the Palestinians in an draconian manner.

And this paragraph will upset the US friends of Israel:

The United States has used its U.N. Security Council veto more than forty times to block resolutions critical of Israel. Some of these vetoes have brought international discredit on the United States, and there is little doubt that the lack of a persistent effort to resolve the Palestinian issue is a major source of anti-American sentiment and terrorist activity throughout the Middle East and the Islamic world. (pp. 209-10)

That states the issue plainly in terms of the US support for Israel. For the Israel Lobby the Jewish diaspora must stand with Israel and it insists that America do so too.

The neo-cons would see red over this quote:

The bottom line is this: Peace will come to Israel and the Middle East only when the Israeli government is willing to comply with international law, with the Roadmap for Peace, with official American policy, with the wishes of a majority of its own citizens--and honors its own previous commitments--by accepting its legal borders. All Arab neighbors must pledge to honor Israel's right to live in peace under these conditions. The United States is squandering international prestige and goodwill and intensifying global anti-American terrorism by unofficially condoning or abetting the Israeli confiscation and colonization of Palestinian territories. (p. 216)

Carter is speaking frankly about the Israel-Palestine conflict. Of course, the Israel Lobby sees the strategic situation differently. It is the Israel lobby pushing for a war with Iran.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 6:58 AM |