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Cantor Condemns Carters Plan to Meet with Hamas

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April 10, 2008
As national party leaders, Obama and Clinton must denounce Carter's meetings

cantor_headshot_125.jpgWASHINGTON, DC – House Chief Deputy Republican Whip Eric Cantor, the sole Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives, today condemned former President Jimmy Carter’s plans to meet with Khaled Mashal, leader of the terrorist group Hamas, in Damascus, Syria on April 18th, 2008. Khaled Mashal has claimed responsibility for numerous Palestinian suicide bomb attacks, which have claimed the lives of numerous Israeli civilians. He brazenly advocates the destruction of the State of Israel and the creation of the Palestinian state in its place.

“It is shocking that a former president of the United States would sit down and speak with a terrorist kingpin like Khaled Mashal. This type of meeting will only be misconstrued in the region as a sign of legitimacy for Hamas terrorism,” said Cantor.

In January 2007, in response to Carter’s anti-Israel book "Palestine; Peace not Apartheid", 14 board members wrote to President Carter a letter of resignation from the Carter charitable foundation.  In the resignation letter they wrote: “The Palestinian side has consistently resorted to acts of terror as a national expression and elected parties endorsing the use of terror, the rejection of territorial compromise and of Israel's right to exist. Palestinian leaders have had chances since 1947 to have their own state, including during your own presidency when they snubbed your efforts.”

“As Hamas rockets and mortars continue to rain down on innocent Israelis in Sderot, Jimmy Carter will lend legitimacy to a man whose bottom line is the destruction of the state of Israel,” said Cantor. “Before President Carter leaps into his attacks about Israeli “occupation,” he should tour the neighborhoods and hospitals where over 5,000 Hamas rockets have exploded in Israel, just three years after Israel withdrew from every last inch of Gaza.”

“I call on President Carter to cancel these meetings.  In addition, I ask Presidential candidates Senator Barak Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton as leaders of their national party to call on President Carter to cancel his planned meeting with Mashal.  Senators Clinton and Obama are leaders of their party, and have an obligation to try and stop this unacceptable free-lance foreign policy by President Carter,” concluded Cantor
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