The Zionist Organization of America and its leader, Morton Klein, have rejected President Jimmy Carter’s apology to the Jewish community for anyway he may have helped “stigmatize”
In its first statement on the matter, ZOA rejected the apology:
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has rejected former U.S. President Jimmy Carters recent apology for having made false allegations and harsh criticisms of
The ZOA notes that President Carter did not repudiate even a single specific past anti-Israel statement he has made in over three decades of maligning
The ZOA followed up with a second statement pointing to a recent opinion piece by Carter in The Guardian as proof of his insincerity. In additon, the group called on three Jewish organizational leaders — Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Ira Forman of the National Jewish Democratic Council — to retract their relatively poisitve responses to Carter’s apology:
Mr. Foxman accepted Carters apology as constituting the beginning of reconciliation; Rabbi Hier contended that we have to look at it seriously and not dismiss it; and Mr. Forman claimed that … Jimmy Carter should be congratulated and encouraged.