No genocide for at least ten years …

… and that’s a promise from Hamas, as conveyed by the execrable Jimmy Carter.

… and that’s a promise, from Hamas.

Go ahead, tell me what else it means when Hamas says that in return for Israel’s giving back all the land taken in 1967, including the Old City of Jerusalem, and expelling all the settlers, and accepting the “return” of refugees, it will “agree to a ten-year truce” but “without recognizing Israel.” Sounds to me as if they’re promising to wait 10 years before resuming their attempts to kill all the Jews.

As to Jimmy Carter, who thinks that a truce without recognition reflects a willingness to “live as a neighbor next door in peace,” what is there to say except that, having mismanaged his own term in the White House and then done his best to screw up Bill Clinton’s, he’s now going all out to prevent Obama’s? Recognizing Palestinian grievances, of which there are many, is one thing. Asking Israelis to pretend that a (not very) patient enemy is the same thing as a good neighbor is something else.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: