ADL chief reverses himself, says Jimmy Carter’s apology for statements about Israel was ‘insincere’

Updated at 4:30 p.m. with comments from former President Jimmy Carter:

Last December, former President Jimmy Carter offered up an “Al Het” – a confession and plea for forgiveness – for his past statements about Israel.

The Al Het was the result of a years’ worth of negotiations, initiated by leaders of the Atlanta Jewish community.

But it was a quick endorsement by Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League, that gave Carter’s apology oomph in the world at large.

Over the weekend, Foxman took back his endorsement, and declared Carter’s Al Het to be insincere. A speech in Atlanta by Carter, given last week during a conference on U.S.-Arab relations was the cause.

This from the JTA news service:

“As far as I’m concerned, there is no ‘Al Het,’ ” Abraham Foxman, ADL’s national director, said in the statement, referring to Carter’s evocation of a prayer for forgiveness said on Yom Kippur. “President Carter’s recent comments on Israel are profoundly disappointing and leave little doubt of the insincerity of his apology.”

Carter accused the U.S. of being “much more attuned to the sensitivities of the Israelis” and of having “yielded excessively to the circumstances in the Holy Land as Israel has confiscated several lands within Palestine.” He also called the Obama administration’s shuttle diplomacy efforts “feeble.”

The following statement from Carter was issued this afternoon:

I regret the recent allegation by Mr. Abe Foxman that I have contradicted my former statement of good will toward Israel. For the past thirty years, my foremost commitment in foreign affairs has been to help bring peace to Israel and its neighbors.

I have never stigmatized the nation of Israel when I was president and negotiating intently with Prime Minister Begin to bring peace with Egypt, when I wrote my three books about the Middle East peace process, or when I have made statements about the same subject.

However, I have often disagreed both privately and publicly with some of the policies of Mr. Begin and other Israeli leaders concerning the mistreatment of Palestinians and the confiscation of their land. Many other leaders and citizens of Israel and the United States have done the same – in the interests of peace.

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123 comments Add your comment

Road Scholar

March 29th, 2010
8:28 am

Who cares? And obviously you don’t either: Is the mans’s name Fox or Foxman?

Morrus

March 29th, 2010
8:31 am

Vote out the incumbents and start over

A Realist

March 29th, 2010
8:38 am

Folks, does anyone really listen to “Little Jimmy”? His thoughts and musings about happenings on the world stage are totally and completely irrevelent. The Georgia Peanut Man should do the US Of A a big favor and “Just Shut Up”.

CJae From East Lake

March 29th, 2010
8:41 am

I don’t see what former President Carter has to apologize for in the first place? He original statements ring with some degree of truth and refusal of the Jewish lobby in America to submit to the fact that every policy of position of Isreal isn’t 100% correct is part of the reason why the turmoil in that part of the world continues.

So much for honest dialogue

lmno

March 29th, 2010
8:43 am

I have never fully understood the Isreali-Palestinian conflict. I do not believe, even after much research that I am versed well enough to form an opinion on a way forward. I will leave that to all of the eperts who post on these blogs.

However, I can say that Mr. Carter’s comments, at least the ones quoted above, are hardly anything for which he needs to apologize.

How can one debate an issue if you can not levy any critism towards one party without fear of persecution for your remarks?

James

March 29th, 2010
8:57 am

All this was ever about was Dumbo’s efforts to get his grandson some Jewish votes. We’re not that stupid!

ATHtoATL

March 29th, 2010
8:59 am

Jimmy Carter has done a lot more for the betterment of Israel than Abe Foxman ever will.

Abraham Foxman

March 29th, 2010
9:05 am

German Shepherd Dawg

March 29th, 2010
9:07 am

Imno,

Read the book of Genesis and the story of Abraham, his wife Sarah, son Isaac, wife’s servant Hagar, and her son (by Abraham) Ismael. Ismael went to become the predecessor of modern Muslims and Isaac the same to the Jews. Isaac’s son Jacob had his named literally changed to Israel, and is considered patriarch of the Jewish people.

Ismael and Hagar were cast out by Abraham after Sarah conceived and bore Isaac, and enmity has existed between the nations that arose from that original spurning.

And that’s the way it was….about seven thousand years ago or so. The Hatfields and McCoys had nothing on these people in terms of blood feuds.

Lance

March 29th, 2010
9:10 am

Jimmy Carter is a MORON!!!

Michelle

March 29th, 2010
9:12 am

Jimmy is as bad an ex president as he was president. And that is saying something.

Red

March 29th, 2010
9:14 am

Are we really surprised? Carter has some deep dislike for Israel. That same feeling exists in this White House. Amazing how Rahm would allow the rhetoric to come forth without saying something himself. Unless he feels the same way himself.

I just love how Petraeus came out to correct the record for those who said Israel endangers our troops. It’s amazing how much distortion there is when it comes to Israel.

Abraham Foxman

March 29th, 2010
9:15 am

ADL vs. Petraeus – Ben Smith: ADL vs. PetraeusMarch 18, 2010
Categories:Middle East.ADL vs. Petraeus
The Jewish Anti-Defamation League — which has been aggressive in defending Benjamin Netanyahu this week — took an unexpected jab at David Petraeus today for his “dangerous and counterproductive” suggestion that the conflict in the Middle East, and the perception of American favoritism, make it harder for the U.S. to work in the region.

Gen. Petraeus has simply erred in linking the challenges faced by the U.S. and coalition forces in the region to a solution of the Israeli-Arab conflict, and blaming extremist activities on the absence of peace and the perceived U.S. favoritism for Israel. This linkage is dangerous and counterproductive.

The subtext here is that critics of Israel’s government have begun making the case that the necessity for a harder line on Bibi is a military one, and citing commanders in the region as allies. This seems to be a warning shot across Petraeus’s bow that, if he even hints publicly at that view, he’s diving into the kind of public debate soldiers tend to avoid

KimmerFan

March 29th, 2010
9:16 am

Like every other hard-core leftist (see: Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Sean Penn, Moveon.org), Jimmy Carter is a knee-jerk anti-Semite and anti-Israel, just like the Left’s idol Joe Stalin. The current land of Israel was an uninhabitable swampland until Jewish settlers bought the land, drained it and made it habitable. The quasi-Nazi Arabs won’t admit that but it’s true. Lands Israel has acquired since its founding as a result of military victories over invading Arab armies are the spoils of war which Israel is entirely justified in keeping.

Of course Carter’s “apology” was insincere. His grandson lives in a largely Jewish area. The sad thing is that Jews will probably vote for young Carter, just as they do for other Democrats nationwide as they continue to finance the antisemitism of the Left which has as its goal the ultimate destruction of the State of Israel.

CH

March 29th, 2010
9:16 am

“Carter accused the U.S. of being “much more attuned to the sensitivities of the Israelis” and of having “yielded excessively to the circumstances in the Holy Land as Israel has confiscated several lands within Palestine.”” AND HE IS RIGHT.

AJC suckup

March 29th, 2010
9:17 am

Only the AJC and CNN cares what the one term failed president Carter thinks in his senility.

MO

March 29th, 2010
9:17 am

Why Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League hate America

MO

March 29th, 2010
9:20 am

Should be:

“Why does Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League hate America?”

JJ

March 29th, 2010
9:21 am

Jimmy Carter is an embarassment to the State of Georgia. For the moment, he is the least effctive president in recent history. The good news for Carter is that Barack Obama will likely overtake him for the honor.

sad brotha

March 29th, 2010
9:22 am

The Jews are spinning their wheels with Carter. They need to get with the program and demand real results with the current president.. Barack Hussein Obama. Carter is gone. Get on with today! Misguided and wasted energy. Keep voting Democratic my Jewish brothers… you’ll get what you sow!

Paddy O

March 29th, 2010
9:23 am

Michele – you must be a jew. The only people jews like are those that a kissing their bagel butts. Israel now is fomenting violence in the Middle East, if I was Obama, I would cut off all US aid, and then see if Israel continues to be so arrogant.

Real JJ

March 29th, 2010
9:23 am

Jimmy Carter is an embarassment to the State of Georgia. For the moment, he is the second least effctive president in recent history. The good news for Carter is that G W Bush was worse.

Paddy O

March 29th, 2010
9:25 am

Only moron Georgians, who could not be elected because of their profound stupidity, would constantly disrespect Carter. He has done great work and did a lot of work during his presidency. You folks must be Braves fans – the ones who ran Jeff Francoer out of town and who would have also supported Joe Brown, at least until Sherman rolled into town, they you would have looked at Brown and yell “what have you done?”

scott

March 29th, 2010
9:27 am

all one has to do is look at the contributors wall at the idiots library and see it is nearly all niddle easterners that built the place. He and Obama are tied as the worst presidents. The only time i ever heard my grandmother curse was when describing carter and his presdiency

s

March 29th, 2010
9:27 am

NOTHING that comes out of Carter’s mouth is sincere!

wesleywhatwhat

March 29th, 2010
9:29 am

how dare jimmy carter speak the truth as he sees it? doesn’t he know there is propaganda that needs disseminating?

DICK

March 29th, 2010
9:29 am

Jimmy Carter has done squat for america other than to be an embarrassment when he was representing us.

Blaine

March 29th, 2010
9:29 am

Why is it that any criticisim of Israeli policy is labled as anti semitic? Carter is right and owes no apology. Its time Americans entertain an honest debate about Israel / Palestine and not just blindly support Israel.

JT

March 29th, 2010
9:33 am

JJ—-this is for you…Goerge Bush left the oval office recently and left this country in SHAMBLES and you say Carter was the least ineffective?????? Based on WHAT? I guess Bush was the MOST effective President, huh?

N-GA

March 29th, 2010
9:36 am

Jimmy Carter is a devout Christian who is speaking the truth from his heart.

Contrast that with the “haters” who spew lies and invectives about him. That really tells the story.

BobDog

March 29th, 2010
9:37 am

You can call Jimmy Carter what you may, but he is more knowledgable on the Palestinian issue than everyone on this blog combined and multiplied. If you haven’t read his book or seen the documentary on the matter, you are uninformed to say that he doesn’t understand the situation. I am a supporter of Israel’s right to exist, but the hard line faction that wants to suppress the Palestinians and subject them to apartheid are flat wrong. Love the sinner, hate the sin.

N-GA

March 29th, 2010
9:38 am

Israel is about to get a dose of reality from President Obama and Hillary Clinton….can’t wait!

Joel K. Jones

March 29th, 2010
9:38 am

Just how many of you people who are blogging know the history of the Israeli people. I know this history, and I am sure that Jimmy Carter knows that history. I am not a scholar, but I have read enough of the bible to know that the land has been given to the Israeli people by almighty God himself. If you don’t believe this, you need to buy yourself a good study Bible, and begin studying to see for yourself.

East Atlanta

March 29th, 2010
9:39 am

Jimmy Carter is of zero importantce compared to everything else going on in the world.

Not Going To Use My Usual Name

March 29th, 2010
9:41 am

KimmerFan, I’d ask where you’re getting your “information,” but perhaps it’s in the name. (!) If it was uninhabitable land, why were people inhabiting it? It’s not anti-Semitic to want to find a peaceful resolution that allows both Israelis and Palestinians to have their own land and states. And should Iraq have been able to keep Kuwait in the name of “spoils of war”? What, are we living in the Middle Ages now, and if you’re strong enough to take it, it’s yours?

Actually, that viewpoint would make a lot of sense–it would explain why conservatives feel compelled to bring armed weapons to town hall meetings. Sadly for you, most of the civilized world prefers rule of *law*, not rule of *force*.

I just have to say… you get a skewed view, living in Georgia. Yes, everyone you meet here agrees with you… but conservatives are the minority nationally. :) I’m going to be tres amused come November, when all our fundie friends around here are expecting a total rout of the Democrats… they’re going to be absosmurfly stunned when they lose.

Again.

Juan Carlos Diego Raul Sanchez

March 29th, 2010
9:46 am

Does it really matter – the Jewish community in this country really does not even care about Israel. If they did they for sure would not lean as far left as they do. Leave Jimmy alone and let him get back to eating peanuts and changing Roses’ diaper.

ed

March 29th, 2010
9:49 am

Why must the U.S. continue pampering Israel when all it has done is create a mound of headaches in the world and change Palestine into an Unholy Land. Long ago we should have rid our conversations of the Middle East conflict, and the time-worn word Holocaust. The Israelis are arrogant, ascerbic, selfish, and uncaring of anybody but themselves.

alan

March 29th, 2010
9:49 am

Mr Fox it’s about time you saw carter as the insincere antisemite sob that he really is roday. I am a Jew and I have very little regard for Jewish “Leaders” We don’t live in the ere of “Court Jews” any longer and your acceptance of that weasel is one of the reasons. As a Jew growing up in NYC I faced antisemitism. I was denied jobs, called many names and came to the conclusion that talk is cheap. As a president he was horrible and as a human being he is worse. The Nobel prize was given to him as another symbol of antisemitism, though Nobel was a Jew himself. Carter should be ignored and go away and die quietly in some rat hole.

The Republican Way

March 29th, 2010
9:56 am

Listen to Carter’s State of the Union Address his third year in office. He basically foretells all of the problems that this country has had since. He also provides solutions. He is one of the most brilliant presidents we have ever had. If he could have just perfected the art of lying (like most presidents), all you idiots would be singing his praises.

N-GA

March 29th, 2010
9:56 am

alan….my 9:36 was about people like you. Thanks!

BCatl

March 29th, 2010
10:01 am

People are sick the the Isreal-Palestine conflict. The world community needs to impose a solution so we don’t have to hear about it anymore.

Captain Reality

March 29th, 2010
10:09 am

Who could have known Biully was the smart one?????

Mike

March 29th, 2010
10:14 am

Jimmy is suddenly out there apologizing to the Jews, because his grandson just so happens to be running in a State Senate district with a heavy Jewish population.

Mike

March 29th, 2010
10:15 am

Anybody that believes Jimmy is honest needs to take a look at the race-baiting campaign he ran against Carl Sanders. Jimmy went over and kissed George Wallace’s ring.

itpdude

March 29th, 2010
10:17 am

I suggest everyone read The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy written by professors from Harvard and the U of Chicago. In other words, the book is not written by reactionaries with no regards to fact; this book is solid.

A documentary was made that fits with the book and contains testimony from the authors as well as other profs from renowned universities and Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff: http://freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=173

Carter is hardly out of line with his statements. His apology not being accepted exhibits the premise of the radical pro-Israeli faction that those who utter one critical word of Israel must be discredited and shunned. Even former US presidents.

sugarfoot

March 29th, 2010
10:18 am

Jimmy Carter is a jerk and a disgrace. Until now, he had the distinction of being the worst President we have ever had; but, now Obama has him beat. Clinton still stays third.
Perhaps it is time for old Jimmy to be put in a home.

Dawgrover

March 29th, 2010
10:20 am

History will judge that Jimmy Carter has been on the side of every despot with an axe to grind against our country. Why any supporter of Israel would vote for a Democrat in light of their treatment of Israel of late and clear back to Carter days is truly troubling.

DirtyDawg

March 29th, 2010
10:21 am

I don’t know what we’re so surprised about Israel’s position and that of her blind supporters here…Israel is just doing what ’she’ does – namely, hold onto land that she ‘won fair and square’ in that war…after all it’s the principle of the thing, as in money…Members of AIPAC is just doing what they do – namely, bribe politicians to do stuff for Israel no matter what and to pour money into the coffers of anybody running against anybody else that dares to even ‘think’ that Palestinians are even human…and, finally, Evangelicals, that also blindly support Israel no matter what, because they think they have to in order to make way for ‘The Rapture’. By the way, do you think Evangelicals ever stop to think just what our Jewish friends think about that ‘Rapture’ thing? You gotta know that they’re laughing at you while they publicly welcome your support and money. The thought being, ‘Whatever it takes to keep our land and make money’. And if it’s not about the money then why build settlements?…just plant grass, trees and prayer-walls.

….that oughta bring ‘em out of the woodwork…

BBB

March 29th, 2010
10:22 am

Jimmy Carter was a joke while President and a bigger joke as an Ex-President!!!!

marcg

March 29th, 2010
10:23 am

Uh-oh..it’s Jimmy versus the Jewish New World Order Conspiracy. Hillbilly Georgia AJC readers don’t know who to hate on this one.

This is great.