Jimmy Carter’s interviewers have repeatedly challenged him about Hamas: Why should Israel talk to Hamas when Hamas doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to exist? Carter answers by describing the democratic elections that brought Hamas to power.
He ought to cite the insight of his former NSA Zbig Brzezinski, who said on public television that as the Carter Administration geared up the Camp David process in ’78, Israel was led by an extremist party, Likud, that refused to accept the existence of “Palestinians,” let alone their right to a state. And yet the U.S. and the Egyptians talked to those extremists.
The Palestinians are not the only unreasonable people in this mess.