We Can Have Peace In The Holy Land - A Plan That Will Work

We Can Have Peace In The Holy Land - A Plan That Will Work

Jimmy Carter has been criticized by many people within the media for being erratically in opposition to Israel in his position. He paperwork in his book that he has been called "an anti-Semite, senile, a liar, a plagiarist, a racist, unfamiliar with the region and a supporter of terrorism" because of his writings.

In the book, Carter defends himself by saying that only months after taking office back that he told a reporter that Israel must be "recognized by the Palestinians" and any perception or concept of destroying Israel must change. He says that in many ways, "the identical reply might be given today."

Carter additionally unequivocally condemns Hamas for launching rockets from Gaza into southern Israel. He tells Hamas that their rockets are "counterproductive" to their aspirations to be free. The one thing that makes Carter different from different people who condemn Hamas is that he really describes the dire situation that the Palestinians are in.

He starts the book off by telling us his early fascination of the Center East area as a kid after which offers us a short overview of Ovadia Sutton all the demise and destruction that Israel and her neighbors have achieved to each other. The 2nd chapter consists of the awful fact of the unlawful settlements and the way each President since Lyndon B. Johnson has considered the settlements in the occupied territory to be unlawful and an impediment to peace. Each Israeli administration since LBJ has continued to broaden the settlements despite protest from the U.S.

Carter explains that the settlements have been a serious obstacle to peace efforts. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as soon as mentioned while she was in Jerusalem that she was "very concerned" about the continual building of settlements at a time when we are trying to "build confidence." The response by Israel was to build 1300 new properties within the West Bank and projected forty,000 more throughout the subsequent decade."

Something needs to be done concerning the Palestinians within the West Bank and Carter talks about how Israel is slowly shifting towards a one state solution. The situation of the Palestinians becoming residents of Israel and demanding full rights is something that could cause Israel to lose its Jewish majority.

Prime Minister Ehud Olemert is quoted in an interview with the Jewish newspapers Yediot Aharamot as having said that if Palestinians ever demand the correct to vote as residents of Israel, "we are going to lose everything." He also mentioned to the Haaretz paper that if a state answer does not work, we are going to "face a South African-model wrestle for equal voting rights."

In the chapter titled "Can Hamas Play a Role," Carter acknowledges why Israel is reluctant to have interaction Hamas because of their refusal to simply accept the existence of Israel. What Carter tries to clarify is that regardless of Hamas not formally recognizing the state of Israel, they will and have to be approached at the negotiating table. The strategy of excluding Hamas is "just not working" and in accordance with Carter, Hamas has stated that they're prepared to accept any deal made by Fatah and Mahmoud Abbas whether it is submitted by a referendum vote by the Palestinian people.

Carter also describes the dire scenario in Gaza that preceded the recent bombing campaign by Israel. After the removal of Jewish settlers from Gaza in 2.06, Carter documents how the borders were sealed in order that transportation of meals and gas have been restricted by Israel from land, air, and sea. Carter quotes the UN which says that "80% of Gazans are depending on meals support" and "40% are unemployed with 95% of planned building operations suspended." He says that suppressing Hamas "solely exacerbates the cycle of violence" and makes them more popular with the people.

The book ends by saying the blood of Abraham continues to run by way of the veins of Jews, Christians, and Arabs and "an excessive amount of of it has been spilled" within the holy land. The people themselves want peace, however those in energy have achieved every part they will to forestall it. A ballot shows that sixty four% of Israelis "support direct talks" of their government and Hamas but he says that it is the minority conservative leaders in Israel which have executed all the things to keep away from peace and these leaders and have been backed by powerful American Jewish organizations.

The options that Mr. Carter proposes is that we have a demilitarized Palestinian state with a global peacekeeping force on the borders, a withdrawal of all settlers from the pre-1967 armistice line, except from town of Jerusalem which ought to be a capital of Israel and Palestine, the suitable of the Palestinians to return to their houses in the West Bank and Gaza, and a commitment from both sides to acknowledge their proper to live peacefully side by side.