Former United States President – and persistent purveyor of harsh criticism against Israel – this past week expressed his unambiguous support for a letter sent out by leaders of the Christian clergy that sharply criticizes American military aid to the Jewish state. The letter – which addressed Congress – urged the legislators to investigate Israel’s record on human rights.
“Like these church leaders, The Carter Center has long been concerned about Israel’s disregard for stated U.S. policy,” the ex-President stated. “This is demonstrated by an unprecedented massive increase in encroachment on occupied Palestinian territory, with illegal settlement expansion during recent years.” Carter went on to assert that Israel’s actions are “precluding the possibility of a two-state solution and endanger a peaceful future for both Israelis and Palestinians.”
A number of Jewish organizations abruptly cancelled their participation in an interfaith dialogue after 15 leaders from mainstream churches sent the letter to Congress, without notifying their Jewish partners in advance. The letter specifically declared that Congress should make United States military assistance to Israel “contingent upon its government’s compliance with applicable U.S. laws and policies.”