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Jimmy Carter: ‘Short’ Time Left for Obama to Recognize Palestine

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Jimmy Carter suggests that US President Barack Obama “must recognize Palestine” before Donald Trump takes control of the White House.

“I am convinced that the United States can still shape the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before a change in presidents, but time is very short,” wrote the 92-year-old former president in an op-ed for the New York Times, published Monday.

The Obama administration has been engaged in efforts for a so-called two-state solution during his tenure but to no avail as the Israeli regime has remained intransigent in its expansive policies as well as the harsh crackdown on the Palestinian population.

“The simple but vital step this administration must take before its term expires on Jan. 20 is to grant American diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine, as 137 countries have already done, and help it achieve full United Nations membership,” wrote the American 39th commander-in-chief.

He complained that “Israel is building more and more settlements, displacing Palestinians and entrenching its occupation of Palestinian lands. Over 4.5 million Palestinians live in these occupied territories, but are not citizens of Israel. Most live largely under Israeli military rule, and do not vote in Israel’s national elections.”

UN Security Council must react

Carter added he was “certain” that the recognition of a Palestinian state “would make it easier” for other countries to follow along, and “clear the way for a Security Council resolution on the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

The council, he noted, “should reaffirm the illegality of all Israeli settlements beyond the 1967 borders, while leaving open the possibility that the parties could negotiate modifications.”

Much of the international community regards the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.

“A strong Security Council resolution would underscore that the Geneva Conventions and other human rights protections apply to all parties at all times. It would also support any agreement reached by the parties regarding Palestinian refugees,” Carter said.

He further warned that “This is the best — now, perhaps, the only — means of countering the one-state reality that Israel is imposing on itself and the Palestinian people.”

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip, with East al-Quds as the capital. They are also demanding that Israel withdraw from the Palestinian lands occupied in a 1967 war. The Tel Aviv regime, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds.

In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly voted to upgrade Palestine’s status at the UN from “non-member observer entity” to “non-member observer state” despite strong opposition from the Israeli regime and the US.

“Recognition of Palestine and a new Security Council resolution are not radical new measures, but a natural outgrowth of America’s support for a two-state solution,” Carter claimed.

The former president came under harsh criticism in Israel over his 2006 book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, in which he wrote, “Israel’s continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Middle East.”

In 2013, he called on the European Union to label products from the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, saying they are illegal under international law

 

8 thoughts on “Jimmy Carter: ‘Short’ Time Left for Obama to Recognize Palestine

  1. My best wishes. That would be a little less than impossible. Obama is a shill of the Judaic Criminal Mafia, a Marionette, a puppet, he does what his bosses the diabolical Rithschiuld’s tell him to do.

  2. Reblogged this on | truthaholics and commented:
    ““Recognition of Palestine and a new Security Council resolution are not radical new measures, but a natural outgrowth of America’s support for a two-state solution,” Carter claimed.

    The former president came under harsh criticism in Israel over his 2006 book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, in which he wrote, “Israel’s continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Middle East.”

    In 2013, he called on the European Union to label products from the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, saying they are illegal under international law”

  3. Thank you for this post. I was provided the url to the (Ziorag!) NYT via another source. In President Carter’s text are the words “…measures should include the demilitarization of the Palestinian state.” That unbalanced insertion largely spoiled for me the otherwise-admirable and elegant plea by Nobel Peace Laureate Carter. After all, had the Zioentity so-called Israel (and its benefactor Ziocontrolled USA) accepted the 2002 Saudi Peace Plan — unanimously issued by the 22-member Arab League and reaffirmed in subsequent years, it offered full peace and diplomatic/economic normality with the Zioentity as part of standing up a nation of Palestine on the very same 1967 armistice borders [22 percent of historic Palestine, mind you] — it would be very reasonable to include the Zioentity in the “demilitarization” package…or, probably better, forgo the concept of “demilitarization” entirely. I find it unaccountable, and disturbing, that President Carter failed to include this crucial fact of history. (Iran [not a member of the Arab League]? one might reasonably ask. I, admittedly a far-removed observer, have no doubt that Iran, astute in commerce and the ways of the world including a dalliance with the selfsame Ziostate along the way, would view a Palestine established via justice, good will, and equality too long deferred, sufficient grounds to join the AL and the world in making and holding peace in the region.)

    • Robert, thanks for pointing this out. I just went to the NY Times and you are correct. The ninth paragraph down does include the following sentence:

      “Further measures should include the demilitarization of the Palestinian state, and a possible peacekeeping force under the auspices of the United Nations.”

      Carter basically discredits the entire rest of the article by including the above sentence. The idea that Palestine shouldn’t have a military to protect itself from attacks by Israel is absurd. The idea for a UN peacekeeping force is a good one, but what Carter fails to mention is that Palestinians have called for such a force before and that it is Israel which has always rejected it. Carter is in effect saying that Palestine should become an “independent state” but that this newly-created “independent state” should be treated differently from all other independent states in the world by being denied the right to have a military to protect its borders.

  4. Why didn’t Carter do this when he was president? Obama ain’t going to chance losing all those easy millions he’ll rake in from grateful Wall Street casinos, mostly controlled by those who have a major interest in seeing Israel expand.

    • Greg, you nail it — equally via your question about Carter and your observation about Obama. This may sound trite, but the words just came to me: the Palestinians are the world’s pincushion, pricked incessantly and interminably by the hydra-headed, omnipresent zealots of Zionism. All I can do is pity them and suffer vicariously with them.

      (Richard, your follow-on comment is spot on and appreciated!)

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