It doesn't happen very often, but today I'm proud of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
The Washington Times reported today on Olmert's response to Carter.
Former President Jimmy Carter will receive the cold shoulder in Israel next week over his plan to meet with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in the Syrian capital during a tour of the Middle East.
Citing scheduling difficulties, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu turned down requests for meetings from the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
“You draw your own conclusions,” said an Israeli official who declined to be identified. “Israeli officials have expressed outrage at the possibility that he'll meet Mashaal. ... He's the leader of a terrorist organization.”
Heaven knows Olmert has been ineffectual about so much in Israel that his country would be better off without him. But at least in this he's right on track.
Jimmy Carter is a bad seed. He needs to be thrown out of the foreign-policy spotlight and into the trash heap of history. Olmert's "cold shoulder" is a good start.