Jewish Democrats slammed former President Jimmy Carter for a planned meeting with Hamas leaders.
The National Jewish Democratic Council, calling Carter’s venture “cowboy diplomacy,” said in a mailing to members that it was not in U.S. or Israeli interests for the president who brokered the Israeli-Egyptian peace to meet with the exiled leader of the Hamas terrorist group, Khaled Meshaal.
It also described Carter’s past “one-sided reading of the Arab-Israeli conflict.”
Carter’s Middle East tour this week, to promote an end to the fighting and the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip-Israel border, has been criticized by the Bush administration and all three presidential candidates. He has been snubbed by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and other top Israeli leaders, and Israeli President Shimon Peres told him the meeting harmed the peace process.