Jimmy Carter Meets With Hamas
Former President Jimmy Carter met with Hamas terror leaders today.
…Once again the worst ex-President in history, Jimmy Carter, undermined a sitting US President for his own selfish and foolish agenda. Hamas said this meeting gives the terrorist group legitimacy.
Former U.S. President Carter looks on during his meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, not pictured, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, April 17, 2008. (AP)
Jimmy Carter met with Hamas leaders today in a closed meeting in Cairo.
(CBS/AP) Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter met a Hamas delegation from Gaza Thursday, part of a series of talks with the Islamic militant group that has drawn sharp criticism from U.S. and Israeli officials.
Carter spoke with Hamas officials in the West Bank Wednesday and angered Israelis when he embraced one of them. He plans to meet the group’s exiled political chief, Khaled Mashaal, in Damascus, Syria on Friday.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate who brokered Israel’s historic peace agreement with Egypt three decades ago is on what he calls a private peace mission. He contends the U.S., Israel and other Western states should stop isolating Hamas if they want peace efforts to succeed.
An Associated Press reporter saw the Hamas delegation with about 15 members heading into the meeting at a Cairo hotel and a Hamas coordinator in Egypt confirmed they were meeting with Carter. The coordinator spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
The meeting was closed to the media and held under heavy security shortly after Carter and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met and then had lunch together with their wives. The former president is scheduled to give a speech and a news conference later Thursday at the American University of Cairo.
Hamas endorsed Barack Obama this week, of course.
Previously on Jimmy and Hamas:
Jimmy Carter To Meet With Hamas Leader Khaled Meshal
Kofi Shuns Jimmy Carter– Will Not Join Him at Hamas Meeting
Jimmy Carter Honors Yasser Arafat…
Hamas Leaders Head to Egypt to Meet With Jimmy Carter
UPDATE: Maybe Jimmy is not so alone– A recent poll shows that more Arabs support Hamas than Fatah and that Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah is the most admired leader, followed by Syrian President Bashar Assad and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the Arab World.
UPDATE 3: Representative Sue Myrick (R-NC), calls on Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to revoke Carter’s passport.
Hat Tip BG
UPDATE 4: Carter lied today.