Posted: 9:43 am Monday, August 4th, 2014

Nathan Deal on Israel, Jimmy Carter and ‘anti-Semitism’ 

By Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

Jimmy Carter discusses his role in his grandson Jason Carter's gubernatorial campaign on Monday, July 14, 2014, in Plains. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Former President Jimmy Carter during a July interview in Plains. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

You don’t often see foreign policy become fodder in a race for governor.

But as the weekend began, Nathan Deal named Israel as an issue in his re-election bid for governor, and came very, very close to labeling his Democratic rival’s grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter, as an anti-Semite.

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogThe vehicle was a Washington Times op-ed piece, penned by both Deal and John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, that held up Georgia as a beacon for U.S.-Israeli relations.

The article begins by condemning the effort among some – which preceded the current hositilities in Gaza — to subject Israel to boycotts, divestitures and sanctions. This is the passage in the Deal/Bolton piece that’s likely to receive the most scrutiny:

This “BDS movement” does not merely criticize specific Israeli policies…but instead attacks the very legitimacy of Israel itself. It often masks an ill-concealed anti-Semitism, a stain we had hoped was long ago erased from American political discourse. It is reminiscent of former President Jimmy Carter’s view of Israel as an “apartheid state.”

Jason Carter, the Democratic state senator, is on record as opposing sanctions against Israel.

The rest of the Deal-Bolton piece is devoted to laying out the strategic connections between Israel and Georgia:

Military needs, technology, academic research and sophisticated workforces intersect in both Georgia and Israel. Georgia Tech’s Information Security Center and cybersecurity training at Fort Gordon (the longtime headquarters of the Army Signal Corps), working closely with Israel’s new Advanced Technology Park on the campus of Ben Gurion University, are quickly becoming cybersecurity world leaders.

On a recent trade mission to Israel, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Given Israel and Georgia’s economic ties, existing technology hubs and military installations, a partnership between Georgia Tech and leading Israeli universities to combat this threat is a natural next step. Together, the “next Silicon Valley” and the “Silicon Valley of the Southeast” are joining to develop and strengthen our cyberdefenses.

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Over at Project Q, Matt Hennie notes that Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for governor, raised nearly $90,000 last week at an LGBT fundraiser in Atlanta organized by local activist Ken Brit. Significant, wrote Hennie, was what Carter didn’t say:

Carter did mention the “religious freedom” bills that anti-gay lawmakers proposed during the last legislative session, Griffin says, pointing to their defeat as a hopeful sign that the state’s political environment is slowly shifting away from its anti-gay hostilities….

But Carter didn’t address gay marriage or other LGBT issues at Thursday’s event, even though the state is being sued in federal court over its same-sex marriage ban. In a March interview with Huffington Post, Carter deflected a question about gay issues. Britt says he didn’t expect Carter to hash out specific policy positions at the fundraiser.

“I’ve always known him to be a very open and accepting person. I think he’ll do the right thing and has it in his heart to do the right thing. I don’t have the need to hear him say the exact right words, because I know he will do the right thing,” Britt says.

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Todd Rehm of GeorgiaPundit.com informs us that someone has launched a “Draft Josh McKoon for Senate majority leader” page on Facebook. Ronnie Chance, R-Tyrone, the current majority leader, chose not to run for re-election. McKoon, a Republican from Columbus, sponsored the successful push for new ethics legislation in 2011 — and has more than a few enemies on the House side. Interesting times may lie ahead.

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Opponents of two stadium projects – the new Braves home in Cobb County and the Falcons cathedral in downtown Atlanta – will hold a joint press conference this morning across from the state Capitol. The usual suspects will be on hand.

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Over the weekend, Jon Gillooly of the Marietta Daily Journal followed up on an AJC look at David Perdue’s shifting tone on Republicans in Washington. You’ll remember that, during the primary phase of his U.S. Senate campaign, Perdue vowed to vote against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

On Saturday, before a gathering of Republicans in Cobb County, Perdue was asked if still intended to do so. From the MDJ:

“Yes, I do, but the No. 1 thing I’m going and working on to do right now is making sure Harry Reid is not the next Majority Leader, so you know, I’m going to be a team player with whoever is leading the Republican Party in Washington,” Perdue said. “This is not about a fight inside the Republican Party. This is about winning this race to make sure the Republicans get a majority in the Senate. Period.”

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Democratic-oriented Better Georgia  is fighting back against an ethics complaint filed by a GOP ally last month. The group already succeeded in getting a second complaint dismissed.

The group’s director, Bryan Long, sent us a letter drafted by attorney Jeremy Berry with six reasons the complaint filed by James Burnham should be considered frivolous. It also asks the ethics commission to assess Burnham, who accuses the nonprofit of failing to abide by the restrictions of its federal tax category, with its legal fees.

Legal buffs can find the letter right here. Also, take note of Long’s warning:

“Anyone who writes emails about elected officials or political candidates in Georgia should pay close attention to how our case is resolved. If the ethics commission moves forward with this complaint, it will change how the state regulates political discussion in private emails to subscriber lists.”

116 comments
gwmac
gwmac

Nathan Deal is absolutely sickening. He has been corrupt long before he was governor. How did this crook ever get elected to any office higher than dog catcher? Check this link out for a list of what shady Deal has been up to for over a decade.


http://wp.me/p4Mtol-o6

mrob
mrob

I thought we live in Georgia and was concern about the upcoming Georgia  governor election? 

Why does Israel have anything to do with Georgia governor election? What do Georgians have anything to do with Israel elections? 


Wow! I see why Georgia is all screwed up. Please focus on Georgia issues and not Israel.

michaelless
michaelless

andrew hunt  libertarian candidate for governor of georgia  www.andrewhunt.us  #sayno2DC    

UofconnHarassment
UofconnHarassment

Henry Siegman, former head of the Synagogue Council of America, former National Director of the American Jewish Congress and a former senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations is far from a self- hating Jew or anti-Semite. He was asked recently if he could characterize the situation in Gaza at the moment.

He replied, “Yes, it’s disastrous. It’s disastrous, both in political terms, which is to say the situation cannot conceivably, certainly in the short run, lead to any positive results, to an improvement in the lives of either Israelis or Palestinians, and of course it’s disastrous in humanitarian terms, the kind of slaughter that’s taking place there. When one thinks that this is what is necessary for Israel to survive, that the Zionist dream is based on the slaughter of—repeated slaughter of innocents on a scale that we’re watching these days on television, that is really a profound, profound crisis—and should be a profound crisis—in the thinking of all of us who were committed to the establishment of the state and to its success. It leads one virtually to a whole rethinking of this historical phenomenon.”

Being opposed to the what Israel is doing to the Palestinians does not make you an anti-Semite or a self-hating Jew. It does make you a good person, with a good heart and a conscience. Let's stop the slaughter.

peewilly
peewilly

@Bernie 31


Blah, Blah, Blah


Sound like a "smear" campaign of Govenor Nathan Deal with Gibberish statements.

Amen,Amen ,Amen

Bernie31
Bernie31

Will one of You GOOBERS please let Governor Yella Teeth, know  his competitor for his JOB that came undeserving and is going away without him is being Pursued by none other than Jason Carter. Our little "David", who WILL slay the Mean ole yella Teeth Governor, that sometimes go by the name of GOLIATH! in November.


The Yella Teeth Leader is going after an Honorable GrandFather who is also the EX President Of the United State of America. One that he and his WIFE have worked TIRELESSLY and without Ceasing on behalf of The POOR ALL over America, Georgia and the entire World just about. Now we have one of the GREATEST SINNERS of ALL time..saying He is without Good Character and less than reputation.


The same Yella Teeth Governor who has NEVER in his LIFE contributed anything worthwhile to the less fortunate anywhere in the World.


Calling ALL Prayer Warriors! Time to show this Yella Teeth Cretin who really is the Boss and in charge.

time for round the clock Prayer to remove this Man from his seemingly Perch of UN-touch ability. Let us all Pray that he feels the wrath and Fury of his disgusting words as a lesson to others. That lesson being Evil will NEVER triumph over GOOD and Righteousness. In Jesus Name We Pray!


Amen..Amen..Amen!

Bernie31
Bernie31

Sweet Lord God In Heaven, we have Governor Yella Teeth calling one of your Best Children The Honorable Former President Jimmy Carter an Anti-Semite!  Truly Amazing the ca hones of such a SACK of Meat with EYES!


A Yella Teeth Evil Hating Governor who climb up from the Darkness of the Pit to claim mantle to Georgia's Top Leadership spot. The same one who DESPISES and with GREAT DISDAIN  the POOR and Needy,  Seniors, Disabled, Handicapped , Mentally Handicapped. The same Yella teeth Governor who cheered on the reduction of Foodstamps for America's POOR by another child of Darkness from Georgia named Jack " Never got a call from Obama" Kingston.


Trust me when I say there is a very special place that awaits this Evil being on the other side. A Room

without Doors or windows for eternity and then you are only being close to the amount of his stay.

Mr. President Pray for Him...for this one certainly know not what he is saying or doing.

uh...huh

BurntGrassroot
BurntGrassroot

Former President Jimmy Carter has proven his commitment to peacemaking efforts (instead of peacekeeping rhetoric) by engaging both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian issue. Neither side is innocent, but this is not as much Georgia's issue as a national issue of foreign policy. Did Georgians pay for Gov. Deal's trip to Israel? What is the correlation here? http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/may/19/georgia-repays-federal-loan-jobless-benefits-two-y/

Georgia voters must stay focused on the candidates and how constituents have been served by the candidates. http://www.ajc.com/news/news/nathan-deals-salvage-yard-could-be-fueling-another/nYtBg/

NWGAL
NWGAL

There are no" good guys" in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Both sides are led by their own versions of the Tea Party. My way or no way. Guns guns everywhere. Compromise is evil.

Pride really does kill.

taters
taters

Deal is like a magician with his comments of Jimmy Carter.  Watch my left hand while my right hand does something sneaky.  The ex-POTUS has nothing to do with the Governor's race.  Deal is just trying to divert attention from his dirty deals and lousy leadership.

AtlantaTruth
AtlantaTruth

Insane.    Ahhhh.......   Nobel Peace Prize and Camp David Accords.     Look it up Nathan dear and Herr Bolton.    So ignorant.    Move on.

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

IT IS well-stated that Jimmy HAS ALWAYS BEEN close with his family members. It's well-known that Jimmy is so arrogant and constantly runs at the mouth with "his" anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism, there IS NO DOUBT THAT THIS KID ABSORBED HIS GRANDFATHER'S ANTI-SEMITIST and MARXIST IDEOLOGY! The fact of the matter is that like grandfather, like grand-kid.

Now, I just read Mr. Bolton's and Governor Deal's superb essay on how there are a bunch of anti-Israelis on American soil who are trying to destroy the US' relationship with the Hebrew state. LISTEN TO ME HERE: Anyone who is anti-Israel is one and the same with Hamas. So, yes, those against Israel are terrorists.

GOOD NIGHT!

Amen,

Bill 

sold1000
sold1000

Nathan Deal and his cohorts are slobs!!!  Go sit down Hillbilly Deal.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Jimmy " Senile " Carter and his Grandson Jason " Empty Suit " Carter both need to realize that the Atlanta low information voter and the Atlanta Beltline Liberals won't be enough to overcome the majority of common sense Georgia voters who see the two for what they are, which is just another pair of bone head Democrats who are self serving and pledged to the National Democrat Party run by Washington Liberals. Carter and Michelle Nunn both lose in November and their Liberal backers will then go off looking for some other " Names " they can draft.

roshard78
roshard78

so if i converted to a Jew, I could move to Israel and shove a Palestinian family over and say get out? this is my land?! 

Seems that's what's been going on. I don't see any indigenous or native Jewish bloodline ties to that region.

roshard78
roshard78

what? has crossed the line? and how many times have the stupid map been re-drawn? Liers and theives bulldozing ppl's houses and increasing settlements. 

Those ppl armed with rocks and rifles? 

okguy2937
okguy2937

This has to be the stupidist strategy for a Govonor's election in the history of American Politics

SouthernDem
SouthernDem

I certainly believe Israel has crossed the line a number of times. But I'm a firm believer in keeping one's home territory secure. I lock my doors at night and set my alarm before I leave home. I do that to keep myself and my family safe. For all I know, there could be a family of Native Americans who may come along and lay claim to my property, due to their ancestral heritage. But does that mean I pack my things and move out? Does it mean if they turn to violence in order to further their claim that my hands should be tied?


Modern Mexicans track their lineage to ancient American Indians. From a sociological perspective, today's "illegals" could be re-claiming land taken from their ancestors, albeit through "illegal immigration". But the majority of Americans do not support immigration reform. And even fewer numbers are likely to support it if Mexican immigrants lay an ancestral claim to large portions of the U.S.


Is any of what's going on today fair? Arguably, no. But it is what it is, and Israel has every right to protect its people and homeland.

roshard78
roshard78

all one has to do is google Palestine and look at the map 1946, 1947, 1967, 2010, and today. There is almost no Palestine. They already have taken the country over....by force.  Where are they suppose to go? The ocean?!? 

This isn't right at all. justified by God? in the name of religion? BS!! 

pb
pb

Just because someone criticizes Israeli policies, does not make that person an anti-Semite always. I think Jimmy Carter has had many Jewish friends and supporters through the years, although his  views on the Palestinians has strained the relationship. But he is no anti-Semite bigot. And the grandfaather  is not running for governor; his grandson is. So the issue is really just a diversion by Deal to get the focus off him.

honested
honested

Just because shady is willing to suck up to a war criminal like bolton, what place does any of this nonsense have in the Georgia Governor's race?

Bernie31
Bernie31

@peewilly you will know them when you see them...ain't that right Sunshine Teeth!

td1234
td1234

@NWGAL Total crap. Israel is not the ones indiscriminately bombing Gaza civilians and then using its own schools, hospitals and citizens as shields to hide and fire their weapons. 

DannyX
DannyX

@NWGAL, exactly.  I refuse to get into the whole debate.  There are no good guys in this never ending battle.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@Bill OrvisWhite I wonder, Mr Bill, if your grandchildren have absorbed your inane and misogynist views of the world? I'm guessing they wouldn't want to be held to your very strange views.

honested
honested

@Bill OrvisWhite 

billy,

The Constitution of the United States makes us as Citizens free from established superstition and prevents involving the activities of Governance to be comingled with superstition.

You might want to read up a little.

JohnBoy10
JohnBoy10

@Bill OrvisWhite 

That big "GOOD NIGHT" and the oh so powerful "Amen" you end with don't hide your own polluted "ideology"...


Innocent kids getting killed for the sake of your version of "god" is pathetic.


HAS ALWAYS BEEN

LISTEN TO ME HERE

there IS NO DOUBT


You have a distorted sense of reality - and by the way, YOU don't have enough common sense to fill the space in President Carter's jock strap. 

Pathetic fundamentalist!

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Bill OrvisWhite 

there IS NO DOUBT THAT THIS KID ABSORBED HIS GRANDFATHER'S ANTI-SEMITIST[sic] and MARXIST IDEOLOGY!


And exactly what antisemitism and Marxist ideology is that, sport?

Please, be specific and show your work.

Thanks in advance.

ajackson5878
ajackson5878

@Infraredguy  Low information voters ? is the Rush Limbaugh's new word for back voters....that guy is trash

ajackson5878
ajackson5878

@Infraredguy  Low information voters ? is the Rush Limbaugh's new word for black voters....that guy is trash

sold1000
sold1000

@Infraredguy Oh...you work for ole' Hillbilly, huh???  Chew da baca, chew da baca, chew da baca SPIT!!!

DannyX
DannyX

@Infraredguy , and yet in this blog entry today Deal says he wants Georgia to be just like the California liberals when he says, "Together, the “next Silicon Valley” and the “Silicon Valley of the Southeast” are joining to develop and strengthen our cyberdefenses."

Make up your minds!  The Silicon Valley is a liberal bastion, its not conservatives developing all of the technology, its the "evil" liberals.



JohnBoy10
JohnBoy10

@Infraredguy 

Low information voter = Republican (the world is 4000 years old, guns everywhere law, vaccines are bad, tax break after tax break for the 1%))


Common sense voter = Democrat (seek common ground with political opponents for the betterment of our country, protect our environment, regulation of the financial industry, Corporations are NOT people, fight for a fair working wage)


I bet you don't have a pot to piss-in, but by golly Sean Hannity told you who to support and, being a good dolt, you will follow them off a cliff!


Come on man, remove the nose ring a grow a pair...

Likewise
Likewise

Low information voter?  Quit bashing Republicans!

MotocrossSurvivor
MotocrossSurvivor

@roshard78 Most of the Jews running Israel are not descendents of ancient Jews, but the modern Palestinians are.  Jews like Bibi the Barbarian are originally from Asia, and converted.

honested
honested

@SouthernDem 

You have a spectacular ability to romanticize an indefensible point.

Land that was stolen 45 years ago does not belong to the thieves.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@SouthernDem 

But it is what it is...

It ain't what it ain't.

Repetition is repetition.

And tautology is saying the same thing only using different words.

MotocrossSurvivor
MotocrossSurvivor

@pb It's obvious that criticizing Israel doesn't make one a Jew hater.  It's a well known straw man tactic they use when desperation sets in.  I know of a couple of Jews who detest Israel to the core.  How could anyone hate them?

honested
honested

@EdUktr 

Apparently the cukoo clock is chiming on the half-hour today.

Charles50
Charles50

@honested Is this possibly a Republican ploy to gain funding from Jewish people after the Nunn memo was leaked?  

td1234
td1234

@ajackson5878 BS. Low information voters means anyone (black, white, asian...) that wants to live off the government. 

DannyX
DannyX

Btw, the only Silicon Valley this state can ever become due to the current Republican leadership would be the "Silly Con Valley."

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Likewise  yeah quit talking about the Children of Darkness like that who follow and get their orders from Talking Heads on channel 37.


pb
pb

THAT WAS MY POINT... Two separate issues.  But most Jews are pro- Israel, which makes sense.  But to some people, any criiticism of Israel is anti Semitic. Which is a false argument,  playing the " prejudiced, racist " card. Sad but true.

EdUktr
EdUktr

@honested @EdUktr

Reality checks are good. Don't you agree?

MotocrossSurvivor
MotocrossSurvivor

@pb They pull out the anti-semitic card for one reason:  to silence.  Unfortunately, it works pretty well.