THE MAN IS CLEARLY DEMENTED, PROBABLY SENILE AND ALTOGETHER DESPICABLE – WHO, EXACTLY, ELECTED HIM PRESIDENT?
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter embraced a leading Hamas figure Tuesday, according to participants in a meeting that infuriated Israeli officials already upset by Carter's freelance Mideast peace mission.
Carter also laid a wreath at the grave of Yasser Arafat, whom the Bush administration and many Israelis blame for the breakdown of peace talks seven years ago and the violence that followed.
At a reception in the West Bank town of
organized by Carter's office, the former president hugged Nasser Shaer, a senior Hamas politician, meeting participants said. Embraces between men are a common custom in Arab culture. Ramallah
"He gave me a hug. We hugged each other, and it was a warm reception," Shaer told The Associated Press. "Carter asked what he can do to achieve peace between the Palestinians and
... and I told him the possibility for peace is high." Israel
Note to Jimmy Carter – just shut up you seditious old fart!