Islamic Jihad Turned Down Meeting Request from Jimmy Carter
Hamas isn’t the only terrorist group with whom Jimmy Carter wants to engage in dialog, in search of peace and the destruction of Israel. Eric Trager at Contentions has a report that Carter also requested a meeting with Islamic Jihad.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) has announced that its leadership has refused former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s request for a meeting. According to PIJ’s QudsNews website, Egyptian authorities contacted PIJ Secretary-General Dr. Ramadan Shallah on Carter’s behalf earlier this week, inviting Shallah to meet with Carter in Cairo. Shallah is listed on the FBI’s list of Most Wanted Terrorists, and the reward for information leading to his apprehension is $5 million. In turning down the request, Shallah declared that Carter is “carrying an American-Israeli agenda,” while PIJ spokesman Daoud Shahab blasted Carter’s criticism of Palestinian rocket attacks during the former president’s visit to Sderot. E-mails and phone calls to the Carter Center press office seeking confirmation of Carter’s outreach to PIJ have not been returned.
As far as these distinctions have any meaning, Islamic Jihad is considered even more insane and violent than Hamas.
Carter’s attempt to meet with PIJ is his most disturbing gambit to date. After all, PIJ is generally considered even more extreme than Hamas. While PIJ shares many of Hamas’ militant features–including its coordination of terrorist activities, calls for Israel’s destruction, and theocratic aims–PIJ lacks Hamas’ social and political significance. It does not have the social welfare network on which Hamas has built its popularity, while PIJ’s refusal to participate in the 2006 parliamentary elections points to its minimal public authority among Palestinians. Carter is therefore unable to argue that PIJ is somehow central to any Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which is the very argument he has used to defend his meetings with Hamas officials.
On Fox News two minutes ago, John McCain called Jimmy Carter’s meetings with terrorists “disgusting” and “disgraceful.”
Maybe while Carter’s in Syria to meet with Khaled Meshaal, he could have some schwarma with Hassan Nasrallah. And hey, what’s Zawahiri up to? Give him a buzz!