Jimmy Carter, An Unwilling Bilaam
by David Bedein
[Jimmy Carter qualifies for the role of Bilaam in our generation, because
the biblical Bilaam spoke blessings instead of curses with clear unintentionality,
even though he did have a belief in God.
On the day of the Carter visit, I called Etzion Mayor Shaul Goldstein,
in my capacity as the head of Israel Resource News Agency, which often
accompanies reporters to Judea, to ask if there would be a possibility
for reporters to ask Carter some questions after the visit.
Goldstein politely explained that the ground rules of the visit were
that there would be NO press conference after the visit of Jimmy in his
As a result, our agency advised the press that there would only be a
photo op after the visit.
Whatever occurred during the visit apparently affected Carter.
Reporters did not expect Carter to say anything.
One cameraman mentioned, however, that as soon as Carter saw the TV cameras
when he left the Goldstein home, he hurried directly them and initiated
his statement that gave a blessing to the Jewish community of Neve Daniel
in Gush Etzion, that it should forever be a part of the state of Israel.
Neve Daniel is the highest place in the land of Israel. Neve Daniel,
from where the naked eye can view Gaza, and imagine Goliath approaching...from
where you can turn your neck and view the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean
Jimmy Carter is a believing Christian. His belief in "middle east
peace" stems from that belief. When he stood on high in Neve Daniel,
something turned that belief to cause him to praise the people of Judea
instead of burying them
From "Israel Behind the News" <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
June 21, 2009
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