Carter views Middle East issues and events in a broad historical context, and the policy positions he advocates are intended to serve both justice and American interests in the long-term. Say what you will about his success as an American President, but you can't ignore his Middle East expertise and accomplishments which include:
- The Camp David peace agreements between Israel and Egypt during his presidency
- His role in designing and negotiating the Geneva Accords in 2002-2003
- The success of the Carter Center in fostering peaceful solutions in international conflicts (work for which the former President has received a Nobel Prize)
As a political leader no longer seeking office, Carter also has the luxury of being able to state his Middle East opinions unequivocally, without concern for the impact of his pro-Palestinian statehood position on his image or electability. When you consider that his policy positions bring him no personal loss or gain, and you couple with his vast historical understanding of the region, it's hard not to take President Carter's recommendations as relevant, serious, and ultimately correct.