If you’re an internationally acclaimed, far left, former Democratic President and the ADL announces that you’re literally beneath talking to, you should really ask yourself just how far off the reservation you’ve strayed:
While Carter invited most of the major Jewish organizations, the event was only attended by representatives of the Reform movement and by several smaller dovish Jewish groups. “I didn’t want to be used,” said the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, Abraham Foxman, one of the leaders who turned down Carter’s invitation. “I didn’t think anything constructive could come out of the meeting, except for him being able to say he met with Jewish leaders.” Carter has encountered similar difficulties in reaching out to Jewish lawmakers on Capitol Hill. A closed-door meeting he held with Jewish members of Congress turned into a passionate rebuke of the former president’s views on Israel and the Middle East.
At this point, Walt and Mearsheimer could probably get a more sympathetic hearing among Jewish groups. Which is fair, since at least in person they’re slick and reasonable-sounding. Which makes them more dangerous – but not more stupid! Of course, there will always be liberal Jews begging for Carter’s table scraps and offering to attack other Jews for him:
“We all recognized that he is one of the only people in the world who were successful in brokering peace between Israelis and Arabs,” Masters said. A Jewish organizational official speaking under condition of anonymity said that Carter invited “almost all major groups” but most of them turned down the invitation. This decision was criticized by those present. “I think the refusal of Jewish groups to show up is offensive,” said M.J. Rosenberg, Israel Policy Forum’s policy analysis director, who was in attendance. “It is very unfortunate when a former president invites and people don’t show up.”
Conventional wisdom holds that the Holocaust finally discredited the notion of the “humble Jew” – the idea that accepting grievous injury or open insult is the way for Jews to safely make their way through a non-Jewish world. Apparently there are some liberal Jews who didn’t get the memo.
As for that nonsense about Camp David working out, yeah, OK.. Although we’d love to believe their claim that Carter successfully and single-handedly pressured Israel to give up the Sinai in exchange for 20 years of the coldest peace followed by an increasingly obvious looming disaster. But that’s false too.
* Carter’s Efforts To Mend Ties With Community Get Cold Shoulder [Forward]
* Egypt Uncovers A Single Smuggling Tunnel, Basically Calls It A Day (Plus: Egypt In Explicit Violation Of Security Agreements?) [MR]
* Egypt To Build Multiple Nuclear Reactors [MR]
* Mere Rhetoric: Carter "Nauseated" By Jewish Settlements
* Carter Backs Out Of Defending His Book. That Doesn’t Seem To Exactly Enhance His Credibility, Ya Know?
* In Just Seven Short Paragraphs, Jimmy Carter Tells 2 Lies, Makes 2 Incoherent Arguments, Takes an Anti-Israel Stance that the State Department Mocks, and Just Generally Annoys the Hell Out of Us