Wading into the delicate fray over the alliance between Jews and pro-Israel Evangelicals, former President Jimmy Carter last week reportedly said it was a mistake for Jews to accept such ties, and that he was working to convince Southern Baptists to change the way they look at Judaism and the Middle East.
Christian Zionists can be better friends of Israel by challenging its government’s policies, while accepting Judaism as a legitimate path to God, Carter told a group organized by Rabbi Michael Lerner in California last week, according to the rabbi.
Former President Jimmy Carter was labeled a "bigot" Thursday by Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, who told reporters here that Carter has "bloodied hands after shaking the hand of [Hamas leader] Khaled Meshal."
"I have very sad feelings following the unfortunate visit of President Carter to the region [last week]," said the ambassador, Dan Gillerman, at a meeting sponsored by The Israel Project. "It's a shame to see this man who was a decent former president turn into what I consider a bigot."