Carter: Israel using disproportionate force in Gaza

January 9, 2009 00:45

Former President Jimmy Carter said Thursday that Israel's operation in Gaza has been disproportionate to rocket attacks on Israel but could result in new efforts for a long-term Middle East peace plan. Carter told The Associated Press in a phone interview Thursday that although animosity toward Israel in the Arab world "has probably increased dramatically," there may be renewed interest among European leaders in finding a peaceful settlement. The former president also expressed hope the incoming administration in the US would take a more active role in negotiations. Carter said he discussed the issues with President-elect Barack Obama in a meeting this week, but would not disclose what Obama said. staff contributed to this report.

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