Hamas actions don't match Carter's talk

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JERUSALEM --- Former President Carter said Monday that the Islamic group Hamas was willing to accept the Jewish state as a "neighbor next door," but the militants did not match their upbeat words with concrete steps to halt violence.

Former President Carter speaks  at a meeting held by the Israeli Council of Foreign Relations in Jerusalem. He said Hamas leaders were willing to accept Israel as a peaceful neighbor.  Associated Press
Associated Press
Former President Carter speaks at a meeting held by the Israeli Council of Foreign Relations in Jerusalem. He said Hamas leaders were willing to accept Israel as a peaceful neighbor.

Hamas, which advocates Israel's destruction, instead recycled previous offers, including a 10-year truce if Israel takes the unlikely step of withdrawing from the West Bank and Jerusalem first.

Hamas has repeatedly confounded observers with its conflicting messages. Actions on the ground -- seven rockets were fired on Israel from Hamas-ruled Gaza on Monday, including one that wounded a 4-year-old boy -- contradicted the militant group's positive words about coexistence and a truce.

A leader of the Hamas military wing, which carried out a twin suicide bombing on the Gaza border Saturday, said his group would step up attacks against Israel in coming days.

The salvo of rockets came despite a last-minute phone call from Mr. Carter, urging a one-month halt to attacks on Israel, to gain some international goodwill and defuse tensions.

"I did the best I could," Mr. Carter said of his conversation with Hamas supreme leader Khaled Mashaal, pressing him to declare a one-month truce. "They turned me down, and I think they're wrong."

The Bush administration and Israel, which shun Hamas as a terrorist group, have criticized the Carter mission as misguided.

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nonumberplease
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nonumberplease 04/22/08 - 04:04 am
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Jimmy Carter needs to retire

Jimmy Carter needs to retire and sit on his porch and eat peanuts!

pofwe
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pofwe 04/22/08 - 06:00 am
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Jimmy! Your Maw's calling

Jimmy! Your Maw's calling you.

426Hemi
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426Hemi 04/22/08 - 06:48 am
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I'm ready for another

I'm ready for another ex-president's funeral; and it can't arrive soon enough. Tired of this goof-ball playing match-maker with other countries. Pathetic clown!

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teabag1963 04/22/08 - 10:45 am
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bless you for trying

bless you for trying PRESIDENT Carter! you are one of the few that i give any respect to.if we had a sec of state you wouldn't have to be doing this kind of assingnment, but since powell was run off by scumbags cheney and rummy we have no sec of state.karen hughes (who was hired to do her job) got fed up and resigned.condi is as useless as we've ever had.stick to the piano condi you've failed at every thing else.all you have is a resume,cling to it for life!

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