A Grandson's Christmas Present?
By RANNIE AMIRI
"In an open letter released this month to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), former U.S. President Jimmy Carter apologized to the Jewish community, saying, “We must recognize Israel’s achievements under difficult circumstances, even as we strive in a positive way to help Israel continue to improve its relations with its Arab populations, but we must not permit criticisms for improvement to stigmatize Israel … I offer an Al Het [a Yom Kippur prayer for forgiveness] for any words or deeds of mine that may have done so.”
Two questions arise after reading President Carter’s letter: Was it necessary? And why now?.....
On the heels of this piece came Carter’s Yuletide apology. So what prompted it?
Apparently, the political aspirations of his 34 year-old grandson, Jason Carter.
Issued just one week after Jason announced he would be running for the Georgia State Senate seat likely being vacated by David Adelman (an Obama nominee for ambassador to Singapore), the March special election would be held in a district with a “vocal Jewish population” according to the AP.
Denying the letter had anything to do with his campaign, Jason characterized it as a “great step toward reconciliation.”......
It seems you can take the man out of politics, but not politics out of the man.
Merry Christmas Jason Carter. "