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‘There You Go Again’

Author: Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
November 2, 2012
National Review

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That was the immortal phrase used by Governor Reagan against President Carter in their 1980 campaign debate. It came to mind when I was reading Mr. Carter's interview this week in Al Ahram, the Cairo newspaper. The occasion was Mr. Carter's visit there as a member of "The Elders," a group of former officials who have selected themselves to address and to solve the world's problems. According to their own website, The Elders "have earned international trust, demonstrated integrity, and built a reputation for inclusive, progressive leadership" and "are committed to promoting the shared interests of humanity." The only thing missing here is a declaration of their deeply felt humility.

Here are a few of the gems in the Carter interview.

On the current Israeli government: "This is the last phase of Israel abandoning the two-state commitment that was made at Camp David and upheld by all previous [Israeli] prime ministers, from Menachem Begin to Olmert, Barak, and Peres. All of them said they wanted a two-state solution, and they were negotiating on behalf of that premise — that the 1967 borders would prevail, aside from minor negotiating changes. I believe Netanyahu is abandoning that. For the first time in history, he is now intending to confiscate — to occupy and colonize — the West Bank."

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