I remember the US’s worst ex-president’s speech (Carter) at the Herzilya Center earlier this year, being full of platitudes for peace, but glaringly empty on the realistic “ways and means” to fully achieve such a peace. According to Rick Richman, at the Jewish Press, about Carter’s book:
But while it may be tendentious, dishonest, stupid, and filled with errors and untenable interpretations, it could still have an impact. Carter says he’s “going to promote [it] pretty widely,” so his tendentious and erroneous assertions may ripple into the public consciousness.
He was very up-beat about the outcomes of the summit and had had a number of private meetings with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and clearly they had been constructive (although things look less good today), but his descriptions of life in Gaza, currently under Israeli blockade, were incredibly depressing. The economy has been destroyed and malnutrition is starting to be observed
While some of the claims Shaath makes might be true, like Carter’s, the statements lack a proper context to understand the situation in its entirety. That the UPI’s Mr.Archer states Gaza to be effectively “blockaded” (though he might be just repeating Shaath’s comments, but interestingly enough adds no disclaimer) is indeed unfortunate, because Gaza’s open border with Egypt
renders that claim to be meaningless. More on that in the following.