March 14, 2009

THERE HAD TO HAVE BEEN A FIGHT TO SEE WHO GET TO WRITE THIS ONE:

Unwelcome back Carter: a review of We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land By Jimmy Carter (JONATHAN SCHANZER , Jerusalem Post)

Part of the problem is that Carter is a man who once enjoyed prominence as a peacemaker - he presided over the 1978 Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt - but now lacks access to most of the power brokers in the Middle East. If one can somehow ignore the incessant snipes at Israel's defense policies, the book reads like a tedious and depressing political diary of an elderly man who can't quite remember where and when he misplaced his clout.

By Carter's own admission, many high-level Israeli officials refused to meet with him during his "fact-finding" missions to the region. Similarly, officials from the George W. Bush administration kept their distance. The Palestinians, however, have Jimmy's number. They continue to roll out the red carpet for him so he may regurgitate their narrative in provocative books in America.

By blindly embracing the Palestinian narrative, Carter does a grave injustice to the complex history and vexing dynamics of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This short book may well have more errors and inaccuracies than pages.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at March 14, 2009 6:19 PM
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