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Ex-President Carter offers apology to Jews

December 24, 2009

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— Former President Jimmy Carter apologized for any words or deeds that may have upset the Jewish community in an open letter meant to improve an often-tense relationship.

He said he was offering an Al Het, a prayer said on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. It signifies a plea for forgiveness.

“We must not permit criticisms for improvement to stigmatize Israel,” Carter said in the letter, which was first sent to JTA, a wire service for Jewish newspapers, and provided Wednesday to The Associated Press. “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.”

Carter, who during his presidency brokered the first Israeli-Arab peace treaty, outraged many Jews with his 2006 book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.” Critics contend he unfairly compared Israeli treatment of Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza to the legalized racial oppression that once existed in South Africa.

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 12 months ago

Carter wasn't a great president, mostly for having failed to clean up the messes left by Nixon and Ford, particularly the one in Iran, and he made plenty of his own mistakes. But he was hardly the worst. He is, however, the best and most effective ex-president in the history of the Republic.

monkeyhawk 4 years, 12 months ago

The phony apology wouldn't have a thing to do with Jimmy Jack, Jr. running for senate, I'm sure.

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