Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz blasted ex-President Jimmy Carter for “damaging the well-being and security of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.”
Shultz made his case in the foreward to the new book by Anti-Defamation League national director Abraham Foxman. “The Deadliest Lies: The Israel Lobby and the Myth of Jewish Control” was released this week.
The Reagan-era secretary of state took issue with Carter’s making a “dangerously false analogy” in his book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” between Israel and South Africa’s racist government.
“Under sharp reactive criticism, President Carter has disavowed his choice of words, but the tendency of mind that lies behind such repulsive analogies remains and is reinforced by the former president’s views, spread across his book, which come down on the anti-Israel side of every case,” Shultz wrote. He added that “once false analogies start, it is only a short step to the cartoons in the Arab press and European media which portray Israelis as contemporary versions of Nazi storm troopers.”
Foxman’s book is being billed as a rebuttal to criticisms of Israel and the pro-Israel lobby put forth by Carter, as well as by scholars Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer in their new book, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.”