Jimmy Carter Sends an Al Het to Israel, Asking Forgiveness

December 24, 2009

(ChattahBox)— During this holy season, former President Jimmy Carter, has issued a traditional Al Het prayer to Israel, seeking forgiveness for past “criticisms” that may have “stigmatize[d] Israel.” Carter, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, first sent his letter asking for forgiveness to JTA, a wire service for Jewish newspapers. Carter angered Israel and many Jews when he reached out to Hamas during a trip to Gaza, considered a terror group by the US and Israel. He also penned the controversial book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” which received much criticism from Jews, for Carter’s comparison of Israel’s treatment of neighboring Arabs to the South African practice of racial oppression.

In his letter, Carter wished for the end to bloodshed and hatred in the region and he apologized for his previous criticisms of Israel:

“We must not permit criticisms for improvement to stigmatize Israel. As I would have noted at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but which is appropriate at any time of the year, I offer an Al Het for any words or deeds of mine that may have done so,” wrote Carter.

Carter has made it a personal mission to help find a peaceful solution in Israel. During his presidency, Carter negotiated the first Israeli-Arab peace treaty.

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, welcomed Carter’s apology:

“When a former president reaches out to the Jewish community and asks for forgiveness, it’s incumbent of us to accept it,” he said in a telephone interview from Jerusalem. “To what extent this is an epiphany, only time will tell. There certainly was a lot of hurt, a lot of angry words that need to be repaired. But this is a good start,” said Foxman.

Carter’s grandson, Jason Carter plans to run in a special senatorial election in Georgia, if the current Senator, David Adelman is confirmed as ambassador to Singapore in January. Jason Carter lauded his grandfather’s letter, as a “great step towards reconciliation.” The letter may help him in his senate campaign. His district in Georgia has a strong pro-Israel population of voters.



4 Responses to “Jimmy Carter Sends an Al Het to Israel, Asking Forgiveness”

  1. Andrea Moriah on December 24th, 2009 1:47 pm

    Carter’s character is questionable. Having first made his mark as a lousy president; then a constant bewailer of the sins of those who followed him in office; and lately a prime-time Israel basher, he now wants the Jews to “forgive him” and vote his grandson into office. As a Jew and an Israeli, I hope the Jews in his grandson’s district tell young Carter to take a hike.

  2. Charlie Silver on December 24th, 2009 3:28 pm

    Carter the antisemite and his grandson who probably takes after his grandfather can go take a hike, The worst President in modern time, soon to be the second worst thanks to Obama wants the Jewish vote in Georgia for his grandson, I say have your grandson move to where the jihadists live and run for something there. Stay away from our towns.

  3. Bob Kunst on December 24th, 2009 5:03 pm

    Jimmy Carter:

    Shalom International questions your sincerity and ‘apology’ to the Jews, for your history is dreadful. (See below article).

    We don’t trust you Jimmy Carter and Abe Foxman(ADL) does not represent us or the Jewish nation, in excusing your pathetic agenda.

    On May 7, 2008, we protested your shameful anti-semitic, pro-Hamas and disastrous politics, at the Carter Center in Atlanta, and made national news doing it. You have funded the Center with Arab(Saudi) money and that plays a key role in your giving material support for terrorists, and recognition to them, that is responsible for very many deaths and in using your status that has fomented a horrendous rise in anti-semitism across this planet as a result.

    This not only violates Title 18 of the U.S. Code after ‘9/11’, but your Jew-hating politics has encouraged the EU, and UN to appease the very people who are calling for ‘Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”

    Because of your failings in your presidency on the hostage of Americans in Iran, for 444 days,which cost your re-election, your selling out to the Islamic Nazis are a massive disgrace as well and “I’m Sorry” doesn’t cut it.

    ‘Appeasement’ didn’t work with Hitler and it won’t work with Hamas, Hezbollah or Iran, all who cowardly deny the Holocaust but want to finish what Hitler started and you’ve lent your name and office of the Presidency to these evil forces either openly or with your unforgivable silence. Obama has continued what you started.

    Israel is 5000 yrs. old and not 62 yrs. old. Israel’s history is the history of the world. Jerusalem has been Jewish for 3000 yrs. and yet your politics is to divide Jerusalem and Israel and move out 600,000 Jews in order to accomodate the very Hamas gang you are embedded with, who danced in the streets after ‘9/11’. When Israel left Gaza voluntarily, all it got was 10,000 rockets and another war. They are not going to repeat this same mistake and another war is already brewing.

    Iran’s pursuit of nukes to destroy Israel, America and the West also has you disgracefully mum on all of it, while Iran funds Hamas and Hezbollah to keep killing Jews.

    The Islamic world has basically remained silent about 14,000+ additional terrorist attacks since ‘9/11’,(sponsored by Saudi Arabia) you have also remained silent about, which gives approval to those monsters and encourages them to continue with their killings.

    Yet you’ve taken every opportunity to attack Israel (Jews), while siding with Hamas, and in building a global movement against Israel.

    So your ‘apologies’ are questionable and fall on deaf ears. What are your real motives here?

    Jason Carter, your grandson, wants to run for the Ga. Legislature, and is this why you’re trying to ‘apologize’?

    Whatever your reasons, we want you to put your efforts into real meaning for you to have any credibility or acceptance of your apologies.

    1. Support keeping Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria United and One with Israel as its capitol and to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and to move the UN and EU to stop supporting the terrorists, politically and financially.

    2. Stop Iran from getting nukes it will use and give to the Islamic terrorsts.

    3. Federate West Bank Arabs with Jordan, Gaza Arabs with Egypt and put any new state in the Sinai. No ‘2-states’, no more ‘land for peace’ which has only brought on more war.

    4. Change your Carter Center’s anti-Israel and anti-Jewish programs.

    We have numerous opportunities for you to make this statement publicly:

    A. Dec. 30, 2008, 300 Muslims were screaming “Jews Into the Ovens”in Ft. Laud.. Shalom International opposed them and our lst anniversary rally will be at the U.S. Fed. Bldg. in Ft. Laud., Broward Blvd. and 3rd Ave., 3-7P.M, on Dec. 30, 2009. We have been rallying weekly there and this will be our 182nd rally/event since Oct. 2007 and 1, 100 news interviews since. See:ww.defendjerusalem.net.

    B. Jan. 24, 2010, at Chabad of Boca Raton, 17950 Military Trail, 4-6P.M.

    C. Jan. 28, 2010, at Zuccatti Park near Ground Zero in NYC, Noon rally as we oppose Islamic terrorism and ‘9/11’ political trial in NYC. This is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, where millions of Jews were exterminated.

    D. March 20, 2010, in Wash., D.C., when the Leftloonies and pro-Hamas gang march and we counterprotest at Navy Memorial on Pa. Ave. between 7-9th St., starting at 9A.M.

    E. June 6, 2010, “Million Mensch March”, Wash. D.C. from Holocaust Memorial(10AM), to WWII Memorial to White House and Rally to “Protect and Defend” America and Israel at U.S. Capitol(2P.M.). This is the anniversary of “D-Day” and “6th Day War”. We honor our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    F. Every Monday, we rally at Noon at the corner of Jog Rd. and Gateway in Boynton Beach,Fla. and from 3-5P.M. in front of FAU on Glades Rd. in Boca Raton, Fla.

    G. Every Tuesday,we rally at Fed. Bldg. in Ft. Laud.,Fla., 5-7P.M., 3rd Ave. and Broward Blvd.

    If you really want to reverse your reputation,( beyond this ‘apology’ publicity stunt), with the American people and the Jewish community, you can speak at any and all of these events, and to help finance these efforts. We don’t take Arab monies.

    See for yourself the reactions we get from those driving or walking by our rallies and you’ll know that you chose the wrong side when you went with the Islamic terrorists.

    Last week we had 100 counterprotest Rev. Phelp’s Nazis who came down to spew their hate in S. Fla. and we’re front page of this week’s Jewish Journal. The Anti-Defamation League wanted to ignore the Nazis. We didn’t and peacefully moved the community behind our stands agains the hate and violence you’ve been backing with the very Muslims who were alligned with Hitler in WWII.

    You will have to go a very long distance for your apology to the Jews or anyone, to have any real meaning.

    You must be held accountable for the turmoil you’ve helped to produce.

    Yours in Shalom,

    Bob Kunst

    Pres., Shalom International



    Click here: In Letter, Former President Jimmy Carter Apologizes to Jews – Sphere News

  4. rfhnvuaeh on December 24th, 2009 8:17 pm

    its all politics. dont vote for hiss grandson

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