Jimmy Carter’s “Palestinian Problem” is his personal “Jewish Problem”

Former US President Jimmy Carter asserts it is the “Palestinian Problem” that was the spark for the Islamist atrocities in Paris last week that left 17 victims dead, including one injured Muslim police officer executed in cold blood and four Jewish civilians executed for being Jews.

Is Jimmy Carter correct? He may have a point.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the “Palestinian Problem” is behind the fact that Boko Haram kidnaps and enslaves Christian girls in Nigeria.

Moreover, the “Palestinian Problem” is behind al-Shabbab’s atrocities in Somalia, and as we all know it is of course the “Palestinian Problem” that is behind the Taliban blowing up age-old Buddha shrines in Afghanistan.

The fact that Pakistani Islamists routinely murder Pakistani Christians for … well, for being Christian … that too is because of the “Palestinian Problem”.

When adult Muslim males in England routinely groom young early-teen white English girls (and only white English girls) and then trade them for sex among other debauched Muslim males, subjecting the barely pubescent girls to the most debased, disgraceful sexual acts imaginable, that is understandably because of the “Palestinian Problem.”

And when Islamist Daesh (IS) kidnaps and trades in Yazidi girls for sex, some as young as 12, that too is naturally because of the “Palestinian Problem”.

Furthermore, when Hezbollah murders Lebanese Christians and sets fire to their schools, businesses and homes that, as we all fully understand, is because of the “Palestinian Problem”.

Just as it is the “Palestinian Problem” that is behind Egyptian Islamists’ attacks against that nation’s indigenous Christian Copts, whose Christian faith predates Islam by more than six centuries.

It goes without saying that when the Iranian regime chooses to behead gays and political opponents, it is because of the “Palestinian Problem”.

And there is no questioning the fact that the only reason Saudi Arabia imposes strict apartheid – actually maintaining roads that are only for the use of Muslims, with followers of all other faiths banned from using these roads on pain of death – that too is because of the “Palestinian Problem”.

As for Muslim Turkey’s invasion and illegal occupation of Cyprus, surely everyone can see this is because of the “Palestinian Problem.”

If your name is Jimmy Carter and you have the ear of the Leftist press, all this seems perfectly straightforward.

Now pardon me for rocking the boat just a teeny weeny bit by asking an impertinent question.

Is it possible that there is some other explanation, some other red thread linking together all these atrocities and countless others in the Islamic world? Perhaps – gasp of dawning revelation, shock of flickering realisation – perhaps the explanation is the one thing that ALL the above have in common, and that has NOTHING to do with the “Palestinian Problem”: that they are all Islamist regimes, organisations and groups that are conducting life in strict accordance with their interpretation of Islam.

No? Am I really the only one seeing this red thread?

Or does one have to be what some people regard as a rabidly anti-Semitic former US president to see things that don’t exist, while simultaneously not seeing things that do?

Which Islamist regime is it that is paying for Jimmy Carter’s blinkers?

About the Author
Ilya Meyer is former deputy chair of the West Sweden branch of the Sweden-Israel Friendship Association. He blogs about Israel and Sweden’s relationship with Israel at the Times of Israel and at He made his debut as a writer of political thrillers with The Hart Trilogy: "Bridges Going Nowhere" (2014), "The Threat Beneath" (2015) and "From The Shadows" (2016), where the action switches seamlessly between Samaria, Gaza, Israel and Sweden. The books are available from as ebooks and also in paperback. Work has started on a fourth book, "Picture Imperfect".