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To: SJackson
Carter significantly changed his views toward Israel after he won the 1976 election. The following is from Carter during a 1976 debate with Gerald Ford:

"Under the last Democratic administration 60 percent of all weapons that went into the Middle East were for Israel. Nowadays - 75 percent were for Israel before. Now [under the Nixon and Ford administrations] 60 percent go to the Arab countries, and this does not include Iran. If you include Iran, our present shipment of weapons to the Middle East, only 20 percent goes to Israel. This is a deviation from idealism; it's a deviation from a commitment to our major ally in the Middle East, which is Israel; it's a yielding to economic pressure on the part of the Arabs on the oil issue; and it's also a tremendous indication that under the Ford administration we have not addressed the energy policy adequately. We still have no comprehensive energy policy in this country."

" . . . in 1975, we almost brought Israel to their knees after the uh - Yom Kippur War by the so-called reassessment of our relationship to Israel. [The Ford Administration] in effect tried to make Israel the scapegoat for the problems in the Middle East. And this weakened our relationships with Israel a great deal and put a cloud on the total commitment that our people feel toward the Israelis. There ought to be a clear, unequivocal commitment without change to Israel.

12 posted on 12/01/2003 1:33:40 PM PST by PhilipFreneau
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To: PhilipFreneau
Carter significantly changed his views toward Israel after he won the 1976 election. The following is from Carter during a 1976 debate with Gerald Ford:

You're right. He lied.

14 posted on 12/01/2003 3:38:10 PM PST by SJackson
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