Speaking on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, Jimmy Carter was asked if the violence in Paris had causes other than Islamic extremism.

"Well, one of the origins for it is the Palestinian problem," Carter said. "And this aggravates people who are affiliated in any way with the Arab people who live in the West Bank and Gaza, what they are doing now — what's being done to them. So I think that's part of it."

Ah, the "Palestinian problem." So that's why Islamic terrorists slaughtered a roomful of cartoonists and satirists, and why the West faces an upsurge in terror?

Let's see, is Israel also the cause of the disintegration of Iraq? The creation of the terrorist Islamic State? The collapse of Syria? The takeover of Egypt by Muslim radicals? Iran's depredations across the Mideast and its pursuit of a nuclear bomb? The splintering of Libya into competing terrorist fiefdoms? All because of Israel?

This explains why our former president, bless him, would be wise to stop talking about the Mideast. Behind terrorism and nearly every other problem there, he sees the existence of Israel and its nervy insistence on not allowing itself to be exterminated as root causes.

Apparently, Carter believes if only Israel would allow yet another terrorist state to be created right on its border, all would be peace and light. Nor are his recent remarks a slip of the tongue. Carter over the years has repeatedly suggested Israel lies at the heart of all the Mideast's ills. It's shocking anyone still takes him seriously.

It was most on display in his unfortunate 2006 book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," which was so full of errors, inaccuracies, incorrect history and blame for Israel that he was roundly criticized, even by the left.

In particular, along with equating Israel's vibrant democracy with apartheid, Carter wrote in his book that Arabs will "end the suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism when international laws and the ultimate goals of the Roadmap for Peace are accepted by Israel."

Now, across Europe, citizens for the first time are seeing the light about the true threat that Islamic fundamentalism poses to their civilization and way of life. But somehow, for Carter, that light never goes on.

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