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Re: Theos-World Re: On Gaza -- Obama silences Jimmy Carter

Jan 10, 2009 03:08 PM
by Frank Reitemeyer

Interesting, AIPAC's new US President Obama silences Carter:

"I know from personal involvement that the devastating invasion of  Gaza by Israel could easily have been avoided." -- Former US President, Jimmy Carter -- prevented from speaking at the Democratic National Convention by Barrack Obama.

Read "The Unnecessary War" by Jimmy Carter here: 

We knew that the 1.5 million inhabitants of Gaza were being starved,  as the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food had found that acute  malnutrition in Gaza was on the same scale as in the poorest nations in  the southern Sahara, with more than half of all Palestinian families  eating only one meal a day.

  Palestinian leaders from Gaza were noncommittal on all issues,  claiming that rockets were the only way to respond to their imprisonment  and to dramatize their humanitarian plight. The top Hamas leaders in  Damascus, however, agreed to consider a cease-fire in Gaza only,  provided Israel would not attack Gaza and would permit normal  humanitarian supplies to be delivered to Palestinian citizens.
  After extended discussions with those from Gaza, these Hamas leaders  also agreed to accept any peace agreement that might be negotiated  between the Israelis and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas,  who also heads the PLO, provided it was approved by a majority vote of  Palestinians in a referendum or by an elected unity government.

  Since we were only observers, and not negotiators, we relayed this  information to the Egyptians, and they pursued the cease-fire proposal.  After about a month, the Egyptians and Hamas informed us that all  military action by both sides and all rocket firing would stop on June  19, for a period of six months, and that humanitarian supplies would be  restored to the normal level that had existed before Israel's withdrawal  in 2005 (about 700 trucks daily).

 We were unable to confirm this in Jerusalem because of Israel's  unwillingness to admit to any negotiations with Hamas, but rocket firing  was soon stopped and there was an increase in supplies of food, water,  medicine and fuel. Yet the increase was to an average of about 20  percent of normal levels. And this fragile truce was partially broken on  Nov. 4, when Israel launched an attack in Gaza to destroy a defensive  tunnel being dug by Hamas inside the wall that encloses Gaza. 

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