Carter: Israel using disproportionate force in Gaza

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.