POLITICS: Carter, the World and the Jews

More than any past President, Jimmy Carter has committed the prestige of his office to a Middle East settlement. While he has raised Arab hopes—perhaps to an unrealistic level—he has also aroused distrust and anger in Israel and among many of its fervent supporters in the U.S. The significance of the issue reaches beyond domestic politics and even beyond the Middle East itself, for it illustrates the weaknesses of Carter's approach to world affairs generally: too public and too often contradictory.

Many American Jews had deep misgivings initially about Carter, a Southern...

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