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Published on November 30th, 2011 | by Jasmin Ramsey

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Jimmy Carter in Conversation with Jon Snow

Jimmy Carter is one of only a few U.S. presidents who was well-versed in foreign policy. With the Camp David Accords he convinced Israel to vacate the Sinai Peninsula and dismantle settlements. He intended to persuade Israel to withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories but only served for one term. He was also the first president to break the taboo of speaking about a Palestinian “homeland.”

While Carter’s voice is repressed in the United States, he is respected internationally. Last month he was interviewed by one of Britain’s most renowned journalists, Jon Snow, in an auditorium packed full with 2,500 people.

At the age of 87 Carter speaks with authoritative intelligence. Of particular interest in the clip below are his comments about Israel-Palestine, Osama Bin Laden’s assassination, the execution of Troy Davis and why he found it easier to work with George Bush Senior than Bill Clinton.

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Jasmin Ramsey is an Iranian-born journalist based in Washington, DC.



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