Jimmy Carter: Recognizing Hamas’ Legitimacy Will End the War in Gaza, “Human Catastrophe”

Former President Jimmy Carter says there’s a simple solution to start ending the war in Gaza: “recognizing Hamas as a legitimate political actor.”

Even if Israel does this, President Carter says there’s still a long way to go.

Writing in Foreign Policy, Carter said:

Two factors are necessary to make Palestinian unity possible. First, there must be at least a partial lifting of the 7-year-old sanctions and blockade that isolate the 1.8 million people in Gaza. There must also be an opportunity for the teachers, police, and welfare and health workers on the Hamas payroll to be paid. These necessary requirements for a human standard of living continue to be denied. Instead, Israel blocked Qatar’s offer to provide funds to pay civil servants’ salaries, and access to and from Gaza has been further tightened by Egypt and Israel.

Tying it back to Georgia a little bit more… how will this help (or more likely) hurt Jason Carter? In case you missed it: Jason is Jimmy’s grandson and also running for Governor.


  1. Jon Lester says:

    Hamas is one more militant organization that isn’t any good at actually governing, providing services, what have you, and they wouldn’t be in power in Gaza now if the Bush administration hadn’t forced elections there. Everyone knew Fatah are a bunch of crooks, so they went with their only other, untried choice.

  2. griftdrift says:

    I encourage everyone to read the entire article before making a snap judgment based on clippings, Drudge headlines or apocalyptic pronouncements made on WSB between 5 and 7.

      • Dr. Monica Henson says:

        It’s an excellent article. Recognition of Hamas as a political actor is not equivalent to acknowledgement of them as a legitimate government, and there’s something to be learned from the “de-fanging” of the IRA accomplished in part by similar recognition via Sinn Fein. However, as long as the terrorism continues, any such recognition should be accompanied by shock & awe.

  3. John Konop says:

    First I am not sure if it helps or hurts via most knowing the Middle East is a mess….Second, not sure how the Carter idea helps? The issue goes way beyond Israel. Hamas represents the militant side of the Muslim movement, which is why Egypt wants nothing to do with them. And the leaders of the Middle East are at a crossroad….via lack of development of the middle class…radical groups are gaining power via disenfranchised people ie the same that happen in Germany WW2…..The populist movement to democratize against the harsh leadership are many times radical Muslim groups….No easy answers…..Finally, our involvement is many times a choice between the lesser of 2 evils….Which has lead to many strange alliances that have bitten us in the long term. The McCain/Lieberman crowd of trying to arm the right radical group of the day against the next group has not worked well…..This policemen of the world foreign policy has failed for very long time….read Art of War….

    • John,

      The lack of middle class is a good point. “radical groups are gaining power via disenfranchised people”… Tea Party anyone? Riots against the 1%? Our “Stay armed and stay free!” citizens. We have the same problems here. C’mon, if some of our people owned 3,000 rockets, they would’ve already taken out DC.

      FWIW – an archaeologist (and Messianic Jew) toured me around Israel, the West Bank, and Golan Heights a few years ago. Going across the borders and seeing the security and surveillance was enlightening. Much like families were split in other countries (E/W Germany, N/S Korea, etc), there’s definitely a distinct line in haves and have nots. Don’t get me wrong and overly associate the countries I mention above – my point is that there are politics at work…but people forget there are also families caught in the middle.

      Americans saying “just bomb the s#!t out of’em” isn’t helping.

  4. FranInAtlanta says:

    First, I read the entire article and I pretty much agree with Carter. In world affairs, real is more important that pure and Hamas is real and international.
    Second, I am a Republican who does not particularly like Deal and I plan to give Jason Carter a good look. My final decision will not factor grandpa’s actions in. God help me if I am ever held responsible for any grandparent’s take on things.

  5. saltycracker says:

    Is that what Hamas says – recognize us, take us off your terrorist lists, let our people go back to work in Israel and we will stop shooting rockets and tunneling and suicide bombing and swear off all violence that our fundamentalist takeover of Gaza was founded on ? The UN can check passports and the US can send billions to rebuild and all will be peace and love.

    Most folks are having a bit of trouble hearing that over the rockets and screams to kill the Jews to surrender to/recognize their demands.
    Got a bad feeling about this recognition thing until they demonstrate they can play nice for a while.

    Ceasefires have been the quiet time for them to reload.

    • Dr. Monica Henson says:

      Exactly. That’s why Israel needs to continue the policy of raining hell and death in response to every rocket that is fired.

      • LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

        War sucks doesn’t it? How many cities did the U.S. and U.K. indiscriminately firebomb and carpet bomb during the Second World War? Are you prepared to write off FDR and all those crew members as war criminals?

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