Carter and Israel

Adventures in frivolous lawsuits:

More than four years after its publication, five disgruntled readers have filed a class-action lawsuit against President Jimmy Carter and his publisher, Simon & Schuster, alleging that his 2006 book “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid” contained “numerous false and knowingly misleading statements intended to promote the author’s agenda of anti-Israel propaganda and to deceive the reading public instead of presenting accurate information as advertised.”

The odd thing about the anti-Carter animus among Israeli nationalists is that the signature legacy of the Carter administration is the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt. And as you may have noted with recent Israeli freakouts about Hosni Mubarak’s possible fall from power, the treaty in question is the cornerstone of Israel’s regional policy. That doesn’t mean people need to like Carter’s books, but it should certainly lead people to think harder before ascribing anti-Israel motives to the architect of a key element of Israel’s current national security.