Jimmy Carter Offers Jews An ‘Al Chet’ & Asks For Forgiveness

(Monday, December 21st, 2009 08:07 PM)

carte.jpgFormer US President Jimmy Carter is asking for forgiveness of the Jewish community for forgiveness for any stigma he may have caused Israel.

The following are excerpts of the seasonal message which was released exclusively to the JTA, [link to complete letter at end of YWN article]

“…..I have the hope and a prayer that the State of Israel will flourish as a Jewish state within secure and recognized borders in peaceful co-existence with its neighbors and with all the Moslem States, and that this peaceful co-existence will bring security, prosperity and happiness to the people of Israel and to the people of the Middle East of all faiths.

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“We must recognize Israel’s achievements under difficult circumstances, even as we strive in a positive way to help Israel continue to improve its relations with its Arab populations, but we must not permit criticisms for improvement to stigmatize Israel. As I would have noted at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but which is appropriate at any time of the year, I offer an Al Het for any words or deeds of mine that may have done so.”


It should be noted that although Mr. Carter has released many anti-Israel comments over the years, he has been actively involved in trying to obtain the release of abducted IDF Soldier Gilad Shalit. Most recently he met with Chacham Ovadia Yosef Shlita, as well as delivering a letter to the Shalit family written by Gilad.

In 2008, Carter passed a photo of missing IDF Soldier Guy Chever to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad asking for assistance.


In July 2009 Mr Carter visited Hamas-controlled Gaza, and told the media that he was “holding back tears” in his description of the difficult situation, calling upon Israel to end the blockade and stop treating Gaza residents like “savages”. Carter blamed Israel for the “humanitarian crisis” that exists in Gaza today. On that same trip to Gaza Carter delivered a letter to Hamas from the Shalit’s to give to their captive son.

In December 2008, Carter met with Syrian President Assad and then called on Israel to give the Golan Heights to Syria.

In December 2008, Carter caused quite a stir when he scheduled a meeting with senior Hamas terrorist Khaled Meshal, currently exiled in Damascus. Carter was slammed by many people – most notably then US Democratic hopeful Senator Barack Obama. While speaking to Jewish leaders in Philadelphia, Obama reiterated his support for Israel, stating Hamas is a terror organization and until they renounce terrorism and recognizes Israel’s right to exist, meeting with its leaders is unacceptable.

In January of 2007, Carter apologized to a US Jewish audience over a passage in his controversial book ‘Peace Not Apartheid.’ “Asked if he was justifying terrorism in a passage in the book calling on Palestinians to cease terrorist attacks if the Israelis agree to abide by international law, Carter said, ‘That sentence was worded in a completely improper and stupid way. I apologize to everyone here. Throughout the rest of the book I call on all Palestinians and Israelis to terminate violence against civilians.’ He promised subsequent editions would be changed,” the Jewish Week had said in a report.

LINK to complete letter on the JTA website.

(Dov Gordon – YWN)

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  1. tina18 says:

    Really Mr President if you happen to read YWN (which I highly doubt) – Your apology is not accepted.

  2. Joe katz says:

    hey didn’t Menashah do teshuva at the end of his life

  3. ras18 says:

    the chazal teach us that before the coming of moshiach the ‘umos haolam ‘will do teshuva.this act of preident carter obviously represents such that we expect from all the nations of the world including the yishmaeilim.lets hope that the coming of moshiach comes swiftly in our times.

  4. locknload says:

    Enjoy your holiday season, Mr. President, then drop dead.

  5. nochamol says:

    His son is running for office and is trying to get the Jewish vote. So he has an ulterior motive here.

    Also note:
    According to Carter:
    The Arabs who control Area A don’t allow Jews in.
    That is not Apartheid. That’s democracy!
    The Jews put up a wall to stop Arabs from killing Jews. That’s apartheid!

    Nuff said!

  6. mbachur says:

    he looks like a pit bull in that picture

  7. tzviga says:

    A Mamzer Ben Mamzer!

  8. froyem says:


  9. ir says:

    #3 – amen!!
    #5 – where is his son running for office? I heard that it is in a place with a substantial Jewish population.

  10. Flatbush Bubby says:

    locknload, you took the words right out of my mouth.

  11. AynOdMilvado1 says:

    Very, very simply put…
    this guy is…
    1) dumber than dirt.
    2) a sonai Yisrael.
    –ayn ma le’hoseef.

  12. gabs911 says:

    hashem probabl feels the same way about us yom kippur….

  13. mark levin says:

    He is a typical lying politician who is interested in elections, in this case its the election of his son to office.

    Jimmy, can I call you Jimmy, I dont trust you nor anyone else with your despicable name.

  14. malkie says:

    The timing of this disingenuous “apology” is curious. His grandson, Jason Carter, is planning to run for a Georgia state senate seat in a heavily Jewish area.

  15. A600KiloBear says:


    May he be zoiche to do tshuva after a long stay in Gehennom, veyafe shaah achas koidem!

  16. MoshiachNow01 says:

    Shoo, Jimmy! Play golf or something.

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