Thursday, April 10, 2008

CARTER REPORTED READY TO MEET WITH HAMAS LEADER

FOX NEWS Former President Jimmy Carter is reportedly preparing an unprecedented meeting with the leader of Hamas, an organization that the U.S. government considers one of the leading terrorist threats in the world. The Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat reported that Carter was planning a trip to Syria for mid-April, during which he would meet with Khaled Meshal, the exiled head of the Palestinian terror group Hamas, on April 18.

Deanna Congileo, Carter’s press secretary, confirmed in an e-mail to FOX News that Carter will be in the Mideast in April. Pressed for comment, Congileo did not deny that the former president is considering visiting Meshal. "President Carter is planning a trip to the Mideast next week; however, we are still confirming details of the trip and will issue a press release by the end of this week," wrote Congileo. "I cannot confirm any specific meetings at this point in time."

The State Department has designated Hamas a "foreign terrorist organization," and some groups hold Meshal personally responsible for ordering the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack once said of the prospect of meeting with Meshal, "That's not something that we could possibly conceive of."

Carter would be the first Western leader of his stature to meet with the Hamas chief. Though Meshal met with Clinton officials in the 1990s, the Bush administration has sought to isolate Hamas, enforcing rigid sanctions on its government in Gaza and refusing to meet with its leaders unless it recognizes Israel and abandons terror.

Ibrahim Hooper, communications director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a non-profit advocacy group, said Carter's efforts demonstrate he's a true partner in peace.

"I think if true, this report would indicate that President Carter is willing to travel any road in search of peace," he said. "I think President Carter would only undertake such a mission if he believed that something could be achieved in terms of peace and reconciliation in the region."

Hooper added that because of Carter's reputation among Palestinians he might be able to bring some pressure to bear.

2 Comments:

At April 10, 2008 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gaza is devastated by a deadly, oppressive USA, EU, and Israeli border control scheme. I'm sorry to see prorev.com posting without comment this material from Fox news: " the Bush administration has sought to isolate Hamas, enforcing rigid sanctions on its government in Gaza ..." whereas actually the whole population is targeted.

- Soylent Green

 
At April 13, 2008 12:25 AM, Anonymous I Have A Dream said...

The road to peace would read like this:

"Though Meshal met with Clinton officials in the 1990s, the Bush administration has sought to isolate Israel, enforcing rigid sanctions on its government in Tel Aviv and refusing to meet with its leaders unless it recognizes Hamas and abandons state terror."

 

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