Fresh off blaming Israel for the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week, former President Jimmy Carter outdid himself Tuesday in an interview with ultra-leftist Mark Lamont Hill on HuffPost Live where he suggested that Jews would be safer in France than in Israel.
Asked his opinion on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu telling French Jews to come to Israel for safety, Carter said, "My guess is that the Jews who live in France will maybe not take this as a positive step, and say the only way you can be safe is to go to Israel. I would guess that you may be, on the average, maybe safer in France than some places in Israel, but I’m not trying to make a judgment."
Prefacing that statement, Mark Lamont Hill asked if the former President sees a growing "Islamaphobia" around the world due to people smearing an entire religion over the actions of a few. Carter expressed hopes that this growing awareness of Islam will get people to see the positives of it.
"I think this is going to give a lot of people incentive to look into Islamicism, what is it about this religion that makes it great, that makes it appeal to really billions of people and to understand that Islamic leaders condemn this kind of terrorism just like the rest of the world,” he said.
Despite Carter's claims, anti-Semitism in Europe has been on the rise with many Jews looking for the exit sign. As stated by the editor of Britain’s Jewish Chronicle, it has become so toxic that “every single French Jew I know has either left or is actively working out how to leave.”