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Jimmy Carter Meets Hamas Leader In Syria

From a triumphant Reuters:

Carter meets Hamas chief in Syria

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis

DAMASCUS (Reuters) – Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter met Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Damascus on Friday for talks expected to focus on ways to include the Islamist group in efforts to achieve Palestinian-Israeli peace.

High-level Hamas members also attended the meeting, at which Carter would also raise with Meshaal the fate of an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas, according to a source familiar with the agenda.

Carter, who is on a Middle East tour to hear views on solving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, earlier met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Carter’s meeting with Meshaal is one of the highest profile encounters between the group and a Western figure.

Previous efforts to broker a prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel involving the soldier, who was captured by Palestinian fighters in a 2006 raid on Israeli territory, have floundered.

Carter is very upbeat. The publicity put out by his detractors made him more determined to pursue a different way with Hamas. He is optimistic that the meeting will advance efforts to end the soldier’s saga,” the source said…

Palestinian political commentator Ali Badwan said Carter’s meetings with Hamas could help erode a U.S.-led drive to isolate the group, which has refused to abandon armed struggle and recognize past Israeli-Palestinian peace agreements.

“Carter is a respected figure and his visit may encourage some in the West to open channels with Hamas,” Badwan said.

The meeting shows that Fatah has no longer a monopoly on the Palestinian national decision. We are even hearing Israeli voices calling for dialogue with Hamas,” he added…

Carter has expressed sympathy for the Palestinians during his tour, calling the blockade of Gaza a crime and an atrocity…

Of course we all know that Mr. Carter is a raging anti-Semite.

The meeting shows that Fatah has no longer a monopoly on the Palestinian national decision.

But now we know he is a traitor to the US as well.

(Something which we had long since suspected.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 18th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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