The outcast.

If you doubt the power and influence of the Israel lobby within the Democratic Party, look no further. Ralph Nader elaborates:

At the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Democrats denied Carter the traditional invitation to speak that is accorded to former presidents.

According to The Jewish Daily Forward, “Carter’s controversial views on Israel cost him a place on the podium at the Democratic Party convention in late August, senior Democratic operatives acknowledged.”

Silencing Carter, who negotiated the Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement, involved behind the scenes tensions between supporters of the hard-line American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and those Democrats who argued both respect and free speech to let Carter join Bill Clinton on the stage and address a national audience.

First, there was a compromise offer to let Carter speak but only on domestic policy subjects. This would have kept him from mentioning his views on securing peace between the Israelis and Palestinians through a two-state solution essentially back to the region’s 1967 borders. Carter previously elaborated his analysis and recommendations in his 2006 bestseller, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.”

Even this astonishing restriction on the former president was unacceptable to the party’s dictatorial censors. They wanted nothing from the deliberate, candid Georgian short of complete exclusion.

Surprising? Not very. But it’s a grim reminder of the grim power of entangling alliances to overwhelm democratic politics.

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