Carter's Middle East mission

All parties required for Mideast peace
An editorial in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz (April 15) sharply criticized Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert for Israel’s “boycott” of Jimmy Carter during the former president’s recent trip to the Middle East. Olmert refused to meet with Carter; Israeli security personnel were not available to assist Carter’s Secret Service detail. Editors of Ha’aretz wrote, “The boycott will not be remembered as a glorious moment in this government’s history.”

From the moment he took office as president in 1977, Carter was determined to achieve peace between Israel and Egypt. Working “incessantly toward that goal,” Carter concluded the 1979 peace agreement for which, Ha’aretz concludes, he deserves “the respect reserved for royalty for the rest of his life.”


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