Former United States President Jimmy Carter visited Hamas-controlled Gaza on Tuesday morning, meeting with Prime Minister Ismail Haniyah. The former president used the opportunity to once again express his sorrow and pain for the plight of the residents, blaming Israel for the inhumane conditions existing in Gaza today, demanding the lifting of the embargo.
Speaking from the American School that was damaged in Operation Cast Lead, the former president stated he is “holding back he tears,” demanding Israel stop treating residents like “savages”, further stating he feels partially responsible since the bombs that struck the school funded by the United States were dropped from an F-16 manufactured by the United States.
Carter was carrying a letter from Mr. and Mrs. Noam and Aviva Shalit, the parents of Gilad Shalit, indicating it would be passed along to the captive soldier who next week marks three years in Hamas captivity.
Prior to Carter’s arrival, senior Hamas official Mahmud Zahar said that Hamas would consider delivering the letter, remaining non-committal.
The Ma’ariv news agency quoting a “senior PA security official” reported the discovery of bombs in an area of Gaza thwarted an assassination attempt against Carter. Reports released from Gaza later in the day labeled reports of a foiled assassination attempt as untrue.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)