This time it's not just lust -- it's love!
Jimmy Carter’s at it again – even in his dotage at age 85, the man from Plains still feels the need to tell us about his apparently insatiable libido.
You might remember the famous Playboy interview in November, 1976, when Carter shocked the world with his “lust in my heart” confession.
“I'm just human and I'm tempted and Christ set some almost impossible standards for us. The Bible says, "Thou shalt not commit adultery." Christ said, I tell you that anyone who looks on a woman with lust has in his heart already committed adultery. I've looked on a lot of women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times....”
With those words, Jimmy Carter lost his bid for reelection.
That’s arguable, of course. There were other factors – lots of them. But Carter was forced to spend two full weeks explaining what he meant, which sent his campaign off on a tangent from which it never recovered.
This week, Carter’s at it again – “I have been in love with the Palestinian people for many years,” he said yesterday in Ramallah, the stronghold of Yasser Arafat, arch terrorist (and now, thank goodness, seriously dead) winner of the Nobel Peace prize.
Carter was thanking the ‘Palestinian people’ for having awarded him the PA’s International Award for Excellence and Creativity. He added, “I have two great-grandsons that (sic) are rapidly learning about the people here and the anguish and suffering and deprivation of human rights that you have experienced ever since 1948."
Good to know.
It’s hardly been a secret that Carter loves the ‘Palestinians’ – and Arab terrorists in general.
Alan Dershowitz lists several telling signs of Carter’s infatuation.
1. Carter’s post-presidential “research center” in Atlanta is funded by Arabs and assorted anti-Semites, and recently accepted a $1 million donation from the Bin Laden family;
2. Carter’s famous quest for ‘human rights’ is in fact limited to Arab rights. He voices no concerns whatever about non-Arab suffering in China, Saudi Arabia, Syria or Iran.
3. Carter’s infamous book, “Palestine: Peace not Apartheid” is riddled with errors, libels Jews, says that Arabs have inhabited the Holy Land since Roman times, while ignoring the continuous presence of Jews in these parts for 2000 years.
4. Carter blames Israel alone for the regional conflicts. When critics slammed his book, deemed it biased and historically inaccurate, he responded by saying, “any voice that does not agree with Israel is immediately forced to shut up.”
So today, Jimmy Carter is here to spend some time with the people he loves.
But just for the sake of appearances, he also said he wanted to visit some of the “Jewish settlements” -- just to show how fair and even-handed he is. Neve Daniel, in Gush Etzion – which is really southern Jerusalem -- was selected for the Carter visit.
Inch for inch, Gush Etzion is perhaps the most blood-soaked piece of real estate in the history of the world. Jews have fought any number of horrific battles to retake this area after being deposed from it, time and time again.
If Jimmy Carter could be persuaded to read more than the juicy parts of the Gospel of Matthew, he might see how prominently Gush Etzion figures in that Bible he loves to quote so selectively.
Abraham and Isaac passed through Gush Etzion as they traveled from Hebron to Mount Moriah.
It was in the fields of Gush Etzion where Ruth gleaned her sheaves, vowed to follow her mother in law, Naomi’s, people, and where she met Boaz.
It was in the Gush Etzion area where David worked as a shepherd, guarding his father’s sheep until he was called to go to proclaim his kingdom in Jerusalem.
Caves in Gush Etzion sheltered the Maccabees during the time they prepared to re-capture Jerusalem in 164 BCE – after which they purified the Temple, gave rise to the holiday of Chanukah, and put Jerusalem back under Jewish rule after 500 years of subjugation.
Those same caves sheltered Jews again in 132 CE during the Bar Kokhba Revolt, when Jews wrested Jerusalem from the Romans, together with 50 other strongholds in Judea and another 985 undefended towns and villages.
Jimmy Carter’s desire to visit “Jewish settlements” didn’t stop him from making a number of dangerously idiotic statements: “Mideast peace is impossible without Hamas,” he said. As though “peace” is what the terrorist Hamas has in mind.
Then he went on to praise the Community Organizer for his death sentence to Judea and Samaria, saying that a total freeze on construction was good, but adding that he was sure that "in the future …he will call for the dismantling of the settlements that exist."
Which is to say, Gush Etzion will be turned over to the people Carter’s been in love with, lo these many years, because Carter’s people consider Gush Etzion’s 28 cities and villages “settlements”.
What do I think? That Jimmy Carter should go home. Let him raise rabbits or something. We shouldn’t permit him to use us like this, to pretend to be something he’s not and never has been.
Characteristically, the hardly souls who live in Gush Etzion are saying the same thing.
For several days, petitions have been circulating among the residents, asking Gush Etzion Regional Council Head Shaul Goldstein to refuse Carter the right to visit – which visit, incidentally, is scheduled to include Goldstein’s own home.
Noting that Carter is well known for his hostility to Israel, the people of Gush Etzion say that allowing him to visit will do nothing more than permit him to claim that he’s “even-handed” – even though it’s obvious “Carter is unfair and is far from being objective."
“Carter has always, and will always, speak up and defend those who wish to destroy the State of Israel. He pushes an anti-Israel agenda, while presenting himself as a good-willed broker who seeks peace and is ready to listen to 'both sides.' This makes him all the more dangerous,” the residents say.
“Carter” they claim, “is a clear supporter of our enemies. We cannot allow ourselves to be the instruments of his rehabilitation. We must tell him: 'You are working against the Jewish nation in its land, and you cannot be an honest broker.'”
What will happen? Who knows? The visit is scheduled for this afternoon.
Jimmy Carter. One heck of an Ugly American.