More Mush from the Wimp. But as Kenneth W. Stein writes in the Middle East Quarterly, Carter was president. His critics were not.
To support Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid‘s central theme that Israel is intransigent, Carter recasts Hamas as a moderate partner ready to negotiate with Israel. He launders its reputation both with careful word choice and omission. He uses the past tense, for example, to describe Hamas as an “Islamic militant group that opposed recognition of Israel [and] perpetrated acts of violence.” Carter adds that he “urged them “¦to forgo violence.” He omits mention that Hamas denies the right of a Jewish state to exist in the Middle East and the group’s belief that historical Palestine belongs in its entirety to Muslims.
UPDATE: Carter has apologized for writing this:
“It is imperative that the general Arab community and all significant Palestinian groups make it clear that they will end the suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism when international laws and the ultimate goals of the road map for peace are accepted by Israel.”
“That was a terribly worded sentence which implied, obviously in a ridiculous way, that I approved terrorism and terrorist acts against Israeli citizens,” Carter says. “My publishers have been informed about that and the sentence has been changed in all future editions of the book.”
The factual errors remain.