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.
“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