I read that headline tonight and got sick to my stomach. But I wasn’t going to write about it because it just didn’t rate high enough on my disgust-o-meter. After all, with Israel offering to return the Golan and Hamas on the verge of approving a temporary Gaza ceasefire there is actually something positive to write about for a change.
But then Michael Furmanovsky, an old friend living in Japan, said he was waiting to hear what I had to say. I couldn’t let an old friend down now could I?
So here’s what Dan Gillerman, God and Israel’s gift to international diplomacy, had to say about America’s former president, Nobel laureate and the statesman responsible for negotiating the first major peace agreement between Israel and one of its Arab enemies:
Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday called former President Jimmy Carter “a bigot” for meeting with the leader of the militant Hamas movement in Syria.
Carter, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, “went to the region with soiled hands and came back with bloody hands after shaking the hand of Khaled Meshal, the leader of Hamas,” Ambassador Dan Gillerman told a luncheon briefing for reporters.
The ambassador called last weekend’s encounter “a very sad episode in American history.”
He said it was “a shame” to see Carter, who had done “good things” as a former president, “turn into what I believe to be a bigot.”
What a foul and disgusting performance. Yossi Beilin called for Gillerman to be sacked which is what he so richly deserves. I hope to God Gillerman went off the reservation on this one and that Olmert and Livni (his ostensible boss) don’t agree with what this jackass said. Saying that Carter has “bloody hands” for meeting Meshal? If we want to talk about bloody hands I think we can mention a few Israeli politicians and generals whose hands are at least as bloody if not more.
Carter is a bigot? Meaning that he hates Israel? Gimme a break. This is about as low as a diplomat can go. I’m hoping that Tzipi Livni, at the least, will tell Gillerman that it’s inappropriate to have a hissy fit regarding a U.S. president. The Nobel Committee found the sort of mission Carter undertook to Syria precisely the reason they awarded him the Peace Prize. Between the Committee’s judgment and Gillerman’s I know which I trust more.
I note that the press briefing at which he suffered this debilitating case of verbal diarrhea was hosted by those paragons of balance and objectivity: the Israel Project. Hey, as if we don’t have enough militant pro-Israel groups (CAMERA, Middle East Forum, Frontpagemagazine, MEMRI, AIPAC, the David Project, ZOA, Americans for a Safe Israel). We seem to need another. Their goal is to inveigle journalists into presenting Israel in the best possible light in the international media (do I hear hasbara anyone?). They sure failed this time.