I am glad people are finally exposing Carter for what he is…
Fourteen members of a leadership group under former President Carter’s think tank resigned Thursday over concerns that Carter’s book on the Middle East does not represent “the Jimmy Carter we came to respect and support.”
The members of the 200-member Board of Councilors, a leadership advisory group founded in 1987, join a longtime Carter aide, Jewish groups and lawmakers who have publicly criticized the former president’s best-selling book “Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid” for inaccuracies and distorting history.
Berman, a member who was appointed six months ago.
Berman, an Atlanta commercial real estate developer, said he was led to resign after becoming deeply troubled after reviewing Carter’s book, shocked by factual errors and a message that doesn’t serve the cause of peace.
“We’re trying to send a message that the issue of the Middle East is very complicated and complex,” Berman said. “There are two narratives that need to be heard.”
Berman refers to two narratives between the Israelis and Palestinians in contesting one piece of land. “Palestinian leaders have had chances since 1947 to have their own state, including during your own presidency when they snubbed your efforts,” the letter reads.
The members submitted a joint resignation letter, saying the book confuses opinion with fact.
“We can no longer endorse your strident and uncompromising position. This is not the Carter Center or the Jimmy Carter we came to respect and support. Therefore it is with sadness and regret that we hereby tender our resignation from the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center effective immediately,” the letter said.
Liane Levetan, a former Georgia state senator who served on the board for about 10 years, said Carter’s book “really hurt me.”
“To me, it’s a situation of telling the facts that are the facts. This is not a piece of fiction,” Levetan said. “There are some things in life that you just cannot overlook. The truth is something that has got to be told. And certain portions of this book do not tell the truth.”
Levetan said despite her respect for the Carter Center, she could not remain quiet over concerns of the book.
“When you are convinced that there’s something that’s wrong or not truthful, you can’t sit by on the sidelines and let things get by,” Levetan said.
The list of members resigning includes Alan Abrams, Berman, Michael Coles, Jon Golden, Doug Hertz, Barbara Babbit Kaufman, Levetan, Jeff Levy, Leon Novak, Ambassador William B. Schwartz Jr., William B. Schwartz III, Steve Selig, Cathey Steinberg and Gail Solomon. Another member plans to resign privately, Berman said.
The members say the book “portrays the conflict between Israel and her neighbors as a purely one-sided affair with Israel holding all the responsibility for resolving the conflict.”
“In light of the publication of your latest book ‘Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid’ and your subsequent comments made in promoting the book, we can no longer in good conscience continue to serve the Center as members of the Board of Councilors,” the letter reads.
“Dhimmy” Carter has always been a complete idiot when it came to foreign policy. I cannot think of a worse President in modern history than Carter. I am glad people of integrity are standing up to expose the stupidity of this man and his book.
Look folks the Palistinian problem is seriously complex and this “Dhimmy” does not get it. Anyone who thinks giving the palestinians anything will change the situation, other than to make it worse, does not get it. If you want the problem to go away, you have to get rid of Israel completely.
I guess “dhimmi” Carter is paying is dhimmitude tax (poll-tax or jizya)…