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Carter thoughts on Middle East

Carter thoughts on Middle East

Here quotes of remarks by former President Jimmy Carter in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from his home in Plains, Georgia, on Jan. 8, the same day a column he wrote appeared in The Washington Post about the Israeli invasion of Gaza.
_ "... The animosity among the Palestinians and the Arab world has probably increased dramatically because of the Israeli invasion of Gaza. At the same time, there's been a kind of a dormant involvement of the international community, and I think this might precipitate renewed interest by Sarkozy and Brown and other European leaders."
_ "There're one and a half million people in that little imprisoned place. The wall's built all around it ... The only way they have survived is the number of tunnels that have been dug under the Egyptian border."
_ "There is some reason for Israel to respond ... I think that they could have, if they had to bomb something, they could have bombed the areas where the tunnels come under the Egyptian border."
_ "There has been a concerted effort, not denied or concealed, by Israel, with the full support of the United States, not to have anything to do with Hamas. And the United States has basically condoned the punishment of the people who live in Gaza, I would say at least half of whom are loyal to Fatah, in order to destroy the status of Hamas."
_ "I consider it to be the major breakthrough when Hamas publicly agreed that any agreement worked out between Abbas and the Israelis would be acceptable to them, even though they disagree with some issues there, provided it was approved in a referendum, or if you could first have an election for a unity government and the government leaders approved it."
_ "I don't think there's any feasible alternative to a two-state solution, and to a comprehensive peace settlement. The prelude to that has to be reunification of the Palestinians, which the Palestinians and the Arab world is willing to do, if the United States and Israel would agree that it be done."
_ "I think (Obama's) leadership has been superb so far. He's got many items on his agenda. One thing of the things that's encouraging to me is that during the campaign, publicly and to me, he promised that he would not do what Clinton and Bush did, and that is wait until the last year of his term before he began working on the Mideast situation, but that he would start it earlier in his term."


Updated : 2021-03-06 20:10 GMT+08:00