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Carter Lays Wreath On Yasser Arafat’s Grave

Buried at the bottom of this otherwise unsurprising article from France’s AFP:

Jimmy Carter lays a wreath at late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s grave in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, April 15, 2008.

Israel nixed planned visit to Gaza: Carter

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AFP) — Former US president Jimmy Carter said on Tuesday he wanted to visit the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on his current Middle East tour but indicated that Israel refused to authorise the trip.

“I haven’t been able to get a permission to go to Gaza. I would like to. I asked for permission but I was turned down,” Carter told reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah ahead of a meeting with Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad.

Israeli authorities, which control access to Gaza, did not immediately comment on the claim.

Carter’s nine-day sweep through the region has drawn fire from the United States and Israel, which have urged him not to go through with a planned face-to-face meeting with exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Damascus…

Carter defended his decision to meet Meshaal, saying he hoped to help involve the movement in the current peace process.

“I’m going to try everything I can to get him to agree to a peaceful resolution of differences both with the Israelis and with Fatah,” he said, referring to Abbas’s Fatah movement.

“But I’m not a negotiator, I’m just trying to understand different options and communicate,” he said. “If he has anything constructive to say, he or the Syrian president, then I would bring it to other people.”

The former president and his wife Rosalynn Carter laid a wreath on the tomb of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah. The wreath bore the words: “President and Mrs Carter.” …

And Mr. Carter wonders why the Israelis don’t want him going into Gaza?

Or at least he pretends to.

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