Jimmy Carter is excited. Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) have reconciled. Palestinian unity — and peace — are in the air. On Friday the Carter Center issued a statement that includes this quote from the former President:
Based on my years of contacts with Fatah and Hamas, I am confident that, if handled creatively and flexibly by the international community, Hamas’ return to unified Palestinian governance can increase the likelihood of a two-state solution and a peaceful outcome.
No word on whether Hamas’ “return to unified Palestinian governance” includes an agreement by the terrorist group to give up its vow to destroy Israel and a commitment stop killing Jews.
In the Carter Center statement, Mr. Carter also enthusiastically maintains that the reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah will help “preserve Palestinian democracy.” Hmmm. The question is: How do you “preserve” something that never existed in the first place?