First of all, he lays the heaviest blame for the Gaza conflict on Israel. His ridiculous argument is that Israel has suffered less causalities. Of course, Carter completely ignores the fact that Israel's retaliatory actions are in response to more than 2000 rocket attacks; aimed carelessly into civilian populated areas. And, if Israel didn't have such an extensive alert and shelter system and a highly accurate anti-missile system, they too would have suffered heavy casualties. Further, Carter also seems to ignore the fact that Hamas has intentionally positioned rocket launchers in heavily populated areas; knowing full well that there would be high causalities and heavy damage covering entire neighborhoods. Now, normally, such a one-sided and sustained loss of life and property would be a reason for Hamas to stand down and stop its rocket attacks, but, high casualties and property loss is exactly what they want. Hamas wants empty-headed people, like Carter, to side with them against Israel in the court of public opinion.
Then, the former President argues that the Gaza strip barricade should be torn down; allowing the free-flow of Palestinians and goods across the Gaza/Israel border. Again, ridiculous. The only reason the barricade even exists is because of the terror attacks the PLO had previously conducted against Israel by coming across that border. Now, with Hamas, as active as it is, there is even more reason to control it. If Israel did open the border, it would open itself up to the free flow of terrorism. Carter obviously can't see that or, perhaps, wants actually wants increase terrorist attacks against Israel.
In the final key element of his op-ed, he says that Israel should accept Hamas as a legitimate political element of the Palestine people. Well, maybe Carter should read the 1988 Covenant (Charter) of Hamas.
First, there is this statement:
"'Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.'"
And, then there's this:
"'[Peace] initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. Those conferences are no more than a means to appoint the infidels as arbitrators in the lands of Islam. There is no solution for the Palestinian problem except by Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are but a waste of time, an exercise in futility.' (Article 13)".
So, in essence, if Israel was to accept Hamas, as Carter would suggest, it would be signing on to its own obliteration and accepting that Hamas will never sign any peace agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
The bottom line is that Carter is an anti-Semite. His blind-eyed op-ed is just more proof of this.
Washington Post: Jimmy Carter, Palestinian Sympathizer: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/worldopinionroundup/2006/12/jimmy_carter_palestinian_sympa.html
U.K. Daily Mail: 'This is a humanitarian catastrophe': Former president Jimmy Carter says 'there is no humane or legal justification' for the way Israel has attacked Gaza: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2717285/Former-president-Jimmy-Carter-says-no-humane-legal-justification-way-Israel-attacked-Gaza.html
1988 The Covenant of Hamas: Key Points: http://fas.org/irp/world/para/docs/880818a.htm