Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Jimmy Carter Embraces Hamas Official

By DALIA NAMMARI – 2 hours ago

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter embraced a leading Hamas figure Tuesday, according to participants in a meeting that infuriated Israeli officials already upset by Carter's freelance Mideast peace mission.

Carter also laid a wreath at the grave of Yasser Arafat, whom the Bush administration and many Israelis blame for the breakdown of peace talks seven years ago and the violence that followed.

At a reception in the West Bank town of Ramallah organized by Carter's office, the former president hugged Nasser Shaer, a senior Hamas politician, meeting participants said. Embraces between men are a common custom in Arab culture.

"He gave me a hug. We hugged each other, and it was a warm reception," Shaer told The Associated Press. "Carter asked what he can do to achieve peace between the Palestinians and Israel ... and I told him the possibility for peace is high."

Carter's office refused to comment, saying he does not discuss closed meetings.


Terry Nelson said...

LOL! I love the photo! I'm choking I'm laughing so hard!

Vincenzo said...