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Hamas earlier this week mourned the death of Osama bin Laden and condemned the United States for killing him. Today, Jimmy Carter, a former president of the United States (yes, the very same United States that was attacked by Osama Bin Laden and condemned by Hamas) tells us that Hamas would make a suitable partner for peace with Israel, America's closest friend in the Middle East. Hamas, of course, is an avowedly anti-Semitic organization that seeks Israel's destruction, mainly through mass murder.

I don't feel I need to go on, except to say that I don't find Jimmy Carter a reliable interpreter of Middle East reality.

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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