Carter's Speech: Whaaaa?
From the text of Carter's speech.
In the meantime, the Middle East peace process has come to a screeching halt for the first time since Israel became a nation. All former presidents, Democratic and Republican, have attempted to secure a comprehensive peace for Israel with hope and justice for the Palestinians.
What? The "peace process has come to a screeching halt for the first time since Israel was a nation"? Ex-squeeze me? I realize he's a Nobel Prize winner and all but does that make any sense to anybody?
There was no "peace process" from 1948 until the early 70s; that is, for the first generation of Israel's existence. Then Nixon's efforts didn't exactly bear fruit. There was a full-scale war during his administration. Bush's record is better than that. Or what about Lebanon? Or the first intifada, when the Israelis and the US administration wouldn't even speak to the PLO publicly. And don't forget, Oslo was not Clinton's initiative. He just watched as Rabin and Arafat signed an agreement they had already worked out in secret.
Note to Jimmy: there's no need to exaggerate. This kind of hyperbole undermines your case.