Monday, April 14, 2008

Carter to Meet With Hamas

Former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter, is to meet with the militant group Hamas, known for its terrorist rocket and suicide-bomb attacks on Israel, in Damascus, Syria. Hamas has sworn the destruction of Israel and the establishment of an Arab state in its place.

The move is meant to broker another peace deal between the group and Israel, with Carter publicly denouncing Israel and likening their fencing sections of the population to South African Apartheid. His policies have been vehemently criticized by Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, Bush's National Security Advisor, Stephen Hadley, and Presidential nominee, Senator John McCain. Even Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton are trying to distance themselves from Carter. While the Israelis are planning to follow protocol by sending a delegation to meet him as he stops in Israel, None of the higher officials are willing to meet with him.

It is not hard to see why the Israelis react this way. With Hamas devoted to their very destruction and with the majority of their neighbors having interests in the same goal, Israel is placed in a very delicate position. To survive, it must not be soft on Islamic terrorists.

As I have mentioned before, I am not a zionist, but I do agree with the right of a nation to defend itself and its interests against even the rest of the world. I do not believe that the Jewish state exists as part of the Abrahamic promise, but rather that promise has been opened up to all who believe in Yahweh and have been given a heart of flesh, namely, Christians. Modern national Israel, then, is a nation that happens to consist of Jews.

Israel is unlike America, because its population is largely Jewish, yet it is not unique as there are many countries made-up of mainly one religious group. Israel, as a Jewish state, should conduct itself with Jewish interests and defend its Jewish culture. The nation has the right to exist and to defend itself. As a Jewish nation, I see little problem with their marginalization of the Palestinians, especially due to the prevalent Palestinian desire to destroy Israel.

Jimmy Carter's visit to Hamas is inappropriate, in part, because of that group's use of terror. His visit is also inappropriate because Israel is our ally and protectorate. We helped form that nation and we have a duty to help it survive. Mr. Carter's style of brokering this deal is not only a sure failure and an insult to our ally, but a practice in treason against the interests of his own country.

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