Jimmy Carter’s Jewish Problem


By Jason Maoz
JewishPress.com | November 30, 2006

For those with eyes to see, there were hints as far back as the 1976 presidential campaign of the trouble to come. Early that year, Harper’€™s magazine published “€œJimmy Carter’€™s Pathetic Lies,”€ a devastating expose of Carter’€™s record in Georgia by a then little-known journalist named Steven Brill.

Reg Murphy, who as editor of the Atlanta Constitution had kept a close eye on Carter’€™s rise in state politics, declared,”€œJimmy Carter is one of the three or four phoniest men I ever met.”€

Speechwriter Bob Shrum quit the Carter campaign after just a few weeks, disgusted with what he described as Carter’€™s penchant for fudging the truth. He also related that Carter, convinced the Jewish vote in the Democratic primaries would go to Senator Henry (“€œScoop”) Jackson, had instructed his staff not to issue any more statements on the Middle East.

“Jackson has all the Jews anyway,”€ Shrum quoted Carter as saying. “€œWe get the Christians.”€

Relations between Carter and Israel were tense from the outset of the Carter presidency.

source Frontline Magazine

hat tip SwampWoman,N2L

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In The Unfinished Presidency, his book about Carter’s post-White House activities, the liberal historian Douglas Brinkley provides a detailed account of the former president’s obsession with helping Palestinian terror chief Yasir Arafat polish his image. Carter, according to Brinkley, regularly advised Arafat on how to shape his message for Western journalists and even wrote some speeches for him.

Carter was also a vocal critic of Israeli policies and “view[ed] the unarmed young Palestinians who stood up against thousands of Israel soldiers as ‘instant heroes,’” wrote Brinkley. “Buoyed by the intifada, Carter passed on to the Palestinians, through Arafat, his congratulations.”

Former New York mayor Ed Koch, in his 1984 bestseller Mayor, recounted a conversation he had shortly before the 1980 election with Cyrus Vance, who’d recently resigned as Carter’s secretary of state. Koch told Vance that many Jews would not be voting for Carter because they feared “that if he is reelected he will sell them out.”

“Vance,” recalled Koch, “nodded and said, ‘He will.’ ”


48 Responses

  1. Hey Swampie, you got a hat tip, and you weren’t even wearing a hat.

  2. the rat thread is now open

  3. HEY! N2L should get that hat tip. I’ll have you know that we don’t look anything at all alike. I look happy and cheerful, and if you woke up in the middle of the night and found me in your house, you would probably apologize to me because I had inadvertantly wandered into the wrong house and you felt bad about having to inconvenience me. If you woke up and found N2L in your house, you would assume that somebody like the mafia was not happy with you.

  4. Was that one yours n2l. You know I’m still half blind, and all. /Sniff.

  5. Henh!
    One is half blind, and the other thinks I’m scary…*sigh*.
    Yeah, continuing in my proud tradition of slamming Elmer Fudd of Georgia, it was my link.
    /kill da’wabbit…kill da’wabbit
    Hey nuke…how’s the recovery going? You know I poked at you earlier about USM losing in tommorrow nights game with UofH, and you didn’t say anything.

  6. I’ve been crossed out. Discarded. *sob* Where’s the Krispy Kremes?

    /Death by trans fats.

  7. Hey!
    Where did my post go?

  8. Swampie, what are you blubbering about?

  9. I dunno! I had a long one last night linking to a post that had all the players in the middle east broken down to affiliations and it disappeared.

  10. Heh, N2L. Nuke crossed me out as the hat tip and put you in. Check it out!

  11. I found your long one and posted it swampie

  12. Yours is #5 n2l

  13. I saw your long post last night, too, Swampie.

  14. USM can’t keep up with Kolb.
    Houston by 15

  15. Dang! When did you find it?

  16. I found it tangled up in teh spam filter

  17. D’oh, probably after I either went back to work or went to bed. Have had some technical difficulties at work tonight that are probably cleared up so I can now go back to work.

    SwampMan has a bribe check on the table so that I will leave my current job. Do husbands often try to pay their wives to leave their jobs? I thought they wanted them to work.

  18. USM beat the Coogs, when they went through their three game losing streak. The win over Oklahoma State beat them up pretty bad, then they played Miami, lost and got beat up even more. They lost to USM and La-Lafayette after that, and haven’t lost since. The Coogs lost all three games by a total of eight points.
    My oldest brother went to UofH as a QB back in the mid 60’s, and we were there the first weekend the Astrodome was used for UofH football. Good times! I’ve always had a soft spot for the Coogs since then, and am glad to see them have a good season.
    You ever hear the story of the head coach at Houston? Very interesting.

  19. Uh…Swampie, you sure it’s a bribe?
    /just sayin’

  20. You mean it might be a bad check?

    /I’ll check with the bank in the morning.

  21. Henh!
    A good check, for being bad!

  22. dang, it’s gotten cold since supper

  23. Well if you would have had dinner, nothing would have changed.

  24. Pork chops, new potatoes, green beens, garlic toast…mmmmmmm

  25. 😀 Heh.

  26. Sounds good, Nuke. Sigh, looks like my technical difficulties are finally cleared at their end; better get to work because at this point, I won’t get off until 5 a.m. and then back to work by 10.

  27. Art Briles, the coach of UofH, was a wide receiver at UofH back in the 70’s.
    He had been raised by his grandparents and an Aunt, in West Texas, and his folks never once got to see him play in his college career. So, when the Coogs were facing a highly ranked UofMaryland team in the Cotton Bowl, in Dallas, on New Years Day 1977, they told him they would make the long drive, leaving early that morning. Their tickets were left at the ‘will call’ window…and went unclaimed. Coach Briles kept looking into the stands, when he could, to try and see them. During the game, legendary coach Bill Yeoman took him aside, and informed him, they had all been killed in a car accident, on an ice slick road.
    I hate icy roads.

  28. G’night, and keep warm.

  29. Sounds like a rib sticking dinner, nuke. I like the red taters in the green beans, with a big gob of rice and gravy…ummmmmm.

  30. Yeah, I don’t like ice either. Nearly took out a whole line of cars in a patrol car once.

    /The world is much safer with me driving in Florida.

  31. Night Swampie.
    I need to head down the hall in a little, too. Gotsta get up kind of early. Danged ol’snow/ice/sleet today, cost me a good chunk of change, but wasn’t worth going out in, and getting some idiot to slam into my buggy.

  32. Ooooh, yes, and got to have some ham in them green beans and new taters, too.

  33. Well, I hope that the roads aren’t iced up tomorrow then. Take care.

  34. remind me to tell you about the new bidness idear I came up with when you get back

  35. Swampie/nuke, y’all ever put any corn meal into the pork chop coating? It works!
    There will be some icy spots on bridges and overpasses, but the sand and magnesium flouride trucks have been, and will continue to work all night. The really cold/dry air started blowing in this afternoon, and helped in evaporating some of the standing water. Should be okay, I’ve been checking on the DOT website, for road conditions.

  36. YES! I thought I was the only one that snuck a little corn meal into the poke chop breading.

  37. Nuke, I think I’ve heard everything now. I found out that there are people that will come decorate your house for Christmas and wrap your gifts as well for a fee. (Actually, the house decorators and gift wrappers are separate companies.)

    /I’ve never gotten over the doggie dookie removal companies.

  38. My idear ain’t near so glamorous as that.

    Drive safe n2l

  39. Heh. Undoubtedly much more dignified and capital acquisitive.

  40. I think I’m going to post the Canadian guy’s response as a thread. It was dang good.

  41. It was excellent. I think it definitely deserves a thread.

  42. And N2L deserves a big ol’ sloppy thank you for posting it, too.

  43. OOH-HOO-HOO…baby, wish I had a couple of million to blow on a hot rod!

    “When I built this dual supercharged 427 Cobra in 1966, I wanted it to be the fastest, meanest car on the road,” said Shelby. “Forty years later, it will still kick the tail of just about anything in the world. It’s the fastest street legal Cobra I’ve ever owned.”

  44. Hmmm, what happened to the hyperlink?
    Only Surviving Dual Supercharged Factory Cobra to Be Sold

  45. New thread’s up

  46. It’s funny. I was closing windows, getting ready to clear the cache, and defrag, and refreshed the comment section over at Sandmonkey, and saw the trackback.

    Night Nuke.

  47. g’night

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