Friday, December 08, 2006

Kenneth Stein: Carter book historically inaccurate

On Fox n Friends, Kenneth Stein stated former President Jimmy Carter's new book is "historically inaccurate..."

Pointing out inaccuracies and falsehoods in historical accounts, just the kind of material we want and should demand. Finally, somebody calling out whoa on historical truth... We'll have to sort out both sides for ourselves, however as another historian, Douglas Brinkley is quoted...

It is not the first time Carter and Stein have disagreed over Middle East policy, said Douglas Brinkley, a professor of history at Tulane University and the author of the 1988 Carter biography, "The Unfinished Presidency."

They've never been on the same page in the Middle East. They've been in an almost constant state of disagreement," Brinkley said. Stein "doesn't trust the Palestinians as much as Carter."

Brinkley said he has read Carter's new book but would not address Stein's accusations.,4670,CarterCriticism,00.html

It's same old same old himhawing when Brinkley says he's read the book, but he would not address Stein's accusations.

Why not?

Hopefully, Kenneth Stein will receive a lot of support and create a foundation and organization that ferrets out inaccuracies in all historical works!

This morning, appearing on Fox 'n Friends to discuss former President Jimmy Carter's book, Kenneth Stein:

"historically inaccurate," says Stein. He's trying to rewrite history the way he wants it to be... he's a supporter of the Palestinians... the purpose of a book should be to try to bring people together... Carter said he chose the title of the book to be provocative...

Asked by Fox hosts to name a few of the inaccuracies, Stein gave page numbers including page 242...

How many inaccuracies...

I've seen inaccuracies, distortions, I'd like to know where he got his maps from... he ought to write an op-ed piece that says what he wrote is wrong...

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Stein will appear on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace

Jimmy Carter Fires Back at Longtime Aide Over Book
Friday, December 08, 2006 By Melissa Drosjack

Stein alleged an inaccuracy on page 131 in the book of a 1990 White House meeting where Carter cites that Washington was mostly preoccupied with the Iraq/Kuwait conflict. Stein said that was in 1980, not 1990.

"He makes it appear that the reasons people didn't pay attention to what he was saying was because of the invasion," Stein said. "How was that possible? I was there."...,2933,235422,00.html

Longtime Aide Tells FOX News Why He Cut Ties to Carter
Friday, December 08, 2006 By Melissa Drosjack,2933,235303,00.html

Appearing on Fox Live, Dennis Ross was asked what he thinks about Jimmy Carter's book... was anything inaccurate... taken...

Ross: the maps are wholly a creation of mine and not attributed in Carter's book...

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Jimmy Carter Fires Back at Longtime Aide Over Book
Friday, December 08, 2006

By Melissa Drosjack
WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter faced new criticism Friday over his controversial book on Palestinian lands when a former Middle East diplomat accused him of improperly publishing maps that did not belong to him.

The new charge came as Carter attempted to counter charges from a former top aide that the book manipulates facts to distort history.

Ambassador Dennis Ross, a former Mideast envoy and FOX News foreign affairs analyst, claims maps commissioned and published by him were improperly republished in Carter's book.

"I think there should be a correction and an attribution," Ross said. "These were maps that never existed, I created them."

After Ross saw the maps in Carter's book, he told his publisher he wanted a correction.

When asked if the former president ripped him off, Ross replied: “it sure looks that way.”

Carter's book, "Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid," was released last week.

"A former Carter Center fellow has taken issue with it, and Alan Dershowitz called the book's title 'indecent.' Out in the real world, however, the response has been overwhelmingly positive," Carter wrote in a Los Angeles Times op-ed piece published in Friday's edition...,2933,235422,00.html

Apartheid label will stick.
By Jim Wooten | Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 09:08 AM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The shocking news from the morning paper is a quote deep in the story announcing that an expert on the Middle East who was the first executive director of the Carter Center, Kenneth Stein, had resigned his position at the center. The quote is this:

“President Carter’s book on the Middle East, a title too inflamatory to even print, is not based on unvarnished analysis; it is replete with factual errors, copied materials not cited, superficialities, glaring omissions, and simply invented segments. Aside from the one-sided nature of the book, meant to provoke, there are recollections cited from meetings where I was the third person in the room, and my notes of those meetings show little similarity to points claimed in the book.”

The book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” has angered supporters of Israel for being one-sided and for many of the other reasons Stein claims, including omissions and factual errors. Other experts on the region have reached conclusions similar to Stein’s. While Carter’s not the first to claim that “apartheid” is an approrpriate label —Desmond Tutu did too — his position and status will popularize the label.

The book does have such a provocative title and its content could materially affect public opinion about Israel and the Middle East. Because of that, the allegations Stein makes in resigning his position as a Carter Center fellow for Middle East Affairs bear fuller examination. Stein in particular should be heard more fully because he was the “third person in the room” and because he is a scholar who would be more reliable in recounting details than an active participant inclined to hear selectively...

FOX Facts: Dr. Kenneth W. Stein's Letter
Thursday, December 07, 2006

The following is the text of a letter sent Dec. 7 by Dr. Kenneth W. Stein to

This note is to inform you that yesterday, I sent letters to President Carter, Emory University President Jim Wagner and Dr. John Hardman, Executive Director of the Carter Center resigning my position, effective immediately, as Middle East Fellow of the Carter Center of Emory University.

This ends my 23 year association with an institution that in some small way I helped develop and shape.

My joint academic position in Emory College in the History and Political Science Departments, and, as Director of the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel remains unchanged.

Many still believe that I have an active association with the Center and, act as an adviser to President Carter, neither is the case. President Carter has intermittently continued to come to the Arab-Israeli Conflict class I teach in Emory College. He gives undergraduate students a fine first hand recollection of the Begin-Sadat negotiations of the late 1970s.

Since I left the Center physically 13 years ago, the Middle East program of the Center has waned as has my status as a Carter Center Fellow.

For the record, I had nothing to do with the research, preparation, writing, or review of President Carter's recent book. Any material which he used from the book we did together in 1984, "The Blood of Abraham," he used unilaterally.

President Carter's book on the Middle East, a title too inflammatory to even print, is not based on unvarnished analyses; it is replete with factual errors, copied materials not cited, superficialities, glaring omissions, and simply invented segments.

Aside from the one-sided nature of the book, meant to provoke, there are recollections cited from meetings where I was the third person in the room, and my notes of those meetings show little similarity to points claimed in the book.

Being a former President does not give one a unique privilege to invent information or to unpack it with cuts, deftly slanted to provide a particular outlook. Having little access to Arabic and Hebrew sources, I believe, clearly handicapped his understanding and analyses of how history has unfolded over the last decade.

Falsehoods, if repeated often enough become meta-truths, and they then can become the erroneous baseline for shaping and reinforcing attitudes and for policy-making. The history and interpretation of the Arab-Israeli conflict is already drowning in half-truths, suppositions, and self-serving myths; more are not necessary. In due course, I shall detail these points and reflect on their origins...,2933,235283,00.html

Letter reprinted from site e-mail

Carter Book Criticized
Wednesday, December 06, 2006

ATLANTA — A longtime aide to Jimmy Carter has resigned from the Carter Center think tank, calling the former president's new book on Israel and the Arabs one-sided and filled with errors.

Kenneth Stein, the Carter Center's first executive director and founder of its Middle East program, sent a letter that bluntly criticized the book to Carter and others.

Stein wrote that the book, "Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid," was replete with factual errors, material copied from other sources and "simply invented segments," according to an excerpt of the letter published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Deanna Congileo, Carter's spokeswoman, said the former president stands by the book.

Stein, who is also director of the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel at Emory University, did not immediately return a call Wednesday.,4670,CarterCriticism,00.html

Historian Severs Ties with Carter Center Over Distorted Book
December 6, 2006

Historian Kenneth Stein has resigned from the Carter Center over the former president’s new book which, he charges, is "replete with factual errors, copied materials not cited, superficialities, glaring omissions, and simply invented segments...

Emory Report January 22, 2002 Arafat should step aside, not away

Kenneth Stein is the William E. Schatten Professor of Middle Eastern History and Political Science and director of the Middle East Research Program and Institute for the Study of Modern Israel.


...A contiguous, independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as its capital is possible, doable and necessary. If you take these steps of gathering the illegal weapons, incarcerating the perpetrators of violence and shutting down the hateful incitement in mosques and in the media, you will force reluctant Israelis to give up their myths and their dreams of having all the land for Israel west of the Jordan River.

Look at the change in Israel and the United States. A quarter century ago, when President Carter mentioned the need for a “Palestinian homeland” in a town-hall meeting, his remark was met with instant hostility, incredulity and anger from virtually every quarter supporting Israel. When George W. Bush called for a Palestinian state at the United Nations on Oct. 2, 2001, his remarks barely received a whimper from Israelis or American supporters of Israel.

Americans have been educated to the reality that a Palestinian state is necessary and required as long as it eliminates all hostile intentions toward Israel and Jordan.

As Israeli historian Yosef Gorny wrote, “Practical considerations do not necessarily contradict principles, and compromises do not always negate aspirations. On the contrary, compromise usually enables their realization.”

Maybe Sharon is the only Israeli prime minister who can make peace with the Palestinians; de Gaulle did it with the Algerians, and Nixon opened the door to China. You do not need to step away; just step aside...

Name: Kenneth Stein, Ph.D.
Title: William E. Schatten Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History and Israeli Studies Emory University
Position: Pro Two-State Solution to the question "What are the solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?"
Reasoning: "The Palestinian quest for self-determination just like the State of Israel cannot be physically destroyed; Israel can not absorb 3 million Palestinians and still be a majority Jewish state. Separating the two communities, the partition of the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean and the creation of two independent states remains as it has been for over sixty years the only viable options for a political solution."

"American Mediation of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict:
A positive Assessment of the April 2002 Powell Mission"
Rivista Italiana Di Geopolitica May 2002, pp. 173-182

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