Israeli Ambassador: "Jimmy Carter's a Bigot"
It was a bad day for Jimmy Carter…
First the Palestinians admitted his meetings with Hamas achieved nothing.
Then later Israel Ambassador to UN Dan Gillerman called Jimmy Carter a “bigot” at a press conference.
Israel’s Ambassador to the UN called Jimmy Carter a “bigot” today for meeting with the leader of the terrorist organization Hamas.
The AP reported:
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 Mashaal, the leader of Hamas,” Ambassador Dan Gillerman told a luncheon briefing for reporters.
The diplomat was questioned about problems facing his country during a wide-ranging discussion with reporters lasting more than an hour. The briefing was sponsored by The Israel Project, a Washington-based, media-oriented advocacy group.
The ambassador’s harsh words for Carter came days after the ex-president met with Mashaal for seven hours in Damascus to negotiate a cease-fire with Gaza’s Hamas rulers. Carter then called Mashaal on Monday to try to get him to agree to a one-month truce without conditions, but the Hamas leader rejected the idea.
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.”
Telephone calls by The Associated Press to two Atlanta numbers for Carter were not immediately returned Thursday.