Former President Jimmy Carter continues to get blasted by Jews for his book on Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Dennis Ross’ op-ed in the NYT is not the worst, but represents the depth and breadth of the attack, because Dennis Ross is a pretty reasonable guy. His op-ed does not really push the issue of the maps that Carter is supposed to have lifted from Ross’ book, which makes me think that maybe there is not much legal basis for a plagarism claim. Ross’ main point is that Carter has mischaracterized Clinton’s old, failed Middle East proposal. I’m guessing that Ross went public mainly because of pressure from the American Jewish community.
Besides Dennis Ross, there is also the matter of mass resignations from the Carter Center, reported by the NYT and others. Those resigning appear to be almost all Jewish. Interestingly, one, named Berman, said “the religious affiliation of the resigning members, which include some prominent Jewish leaders in the Atlanta area, did not influence their decision.” Sure, and if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. These people might believe in what they are doing by resigning, or they might, like Ross, just be giving in to pressure from other Jews, which the article said included the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
The sad thing is that this debate, like the debate over the scholarly article written by Mearshimer and Walt, has illustrated the racist of hatred of Jews for gentiles. I don’t think that all Jews hold such racist hatred, but like Dennis Ross and some of those who resigned from Carter’s board, they allow themselves to be pressured by the more radical Zionists, who used terrorism before World War II to create Israel, and who do hold such views.