The leader of a Messianic Jewish ministry says anyone who loves Israel should not be surprised that former president Jimmy Carter was recently refused a meeting with Israel's president.
"I'll be blunt. Carter is clearly anti-Semitic," says Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries.
Carter had originally planned a trip that included visits to Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. However, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin refused to meet with Carter, because the former U.S. president has become one of the most prominent critics of Israel.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry said it was important to send a message that those who harm Israel will not meet with its president.
Markell says she wonders what is behind Carter's anti-Semitism, noting his religious background.
"He has Baptist roots, which I don't think taught him replacement theology or the church is Israel," she observes. "So I have no idea what has caused Carter to become anti-Semitic."
Markell says she cannot speculate why Carter would call off his visit to the Gaza Strip, where he was to meet with Hamas leaders.
"These are his kindred. Carter championed the cause of Hamas in the Gaza Strip," she notes. "And he always has, certainly for the last ten years since Hamas has had control of the Gaza Strip."