Last week, in Gaza: "Tragically, the international community too often ignores the cries for help and the citizens of Palestine are treated more like animals than like human beings," ... The starving of 1.5 million human beings of the necessities of life -- never before in history has a large community like this been savaged by bombs and missiles, and then denied the means to repair itself," Carter said.
Last week, at Gush Etzion: "This particular settlement is not one that I envision ever being abandoned or changed over into a Palestinian territory," the former U.S. president said Sunday after meeting with settler leader Shaul Goldstein, head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council in the West Bank settlement of Neve Daniel. "This is part of the close settlements to the 1967 line that I think will be here forever."
Carter may very much want to be a prince of peace like Christ. But a prince has to practice both kindness and justice, not just compassion. The danger of grace is that one will pardon those who practice cruelty. Carter believes that if we give enough to the Palestinians they will respect Israel and create a state that will not be an enemy to Israel. But that thinking has no precedent in the reality in which we live.
Look at Gaza. As soon as we "gave" the Palestinians the land, they elected a leader who is sworn to abolishing the Jewish state.
Kindness, giving without limits or conditions, can also be destructive. And giving with the wishful thinking that kindness will transform the Palestinians is a kind of delusion. We Jews have a saying: he who is kind to the cruel, will end up being cruel to the kind.