Jimmy Carter, showin…
Jimmy Carter, showing that his head is still in the clouds, speaking last night at the Democratic Convention.

“The Middle East peace process has come to a screeching halt for the first time since Israel became a nation,” he said. “All former presidents, Democratic and Republican, have attempted to secure a comprehensive peace for Israel with hope and justice for the Palestinians. The achievements of Camp David a quarter century ago and the more recent progress made by President Bill Clinton are now in peril.”

Mr. Carter seems to have forgotten that, in the waning days of the Clinton administration, In an attempt to salvage some sort of legacy, Bill and Ehud Barak gave Arafat virtually everything he asked for, and Arafat turned them down cold. You can’t negotiate with someone like that. There is no current peace process, not because of Bush, and not for want of trying, but because Arafat’s whole political capital is tied up in the intifadah. This guy’s got such a hold on things, he can still strong-arm his own Prime Minister into bowing and scraping to him. His rejection of the Clinton/Barak offer has painted him into a corner, and the only way out for either Israel or the Palestinians is for him to leave the scene altogether, something that’s only going to happen after he’s dead.

So please, Mr. Carter, stop playing Rip van Winkle and wake up.

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