GENEVA, Switzerland, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter spoke during the Geneva Accord ceremony Monday in Switzerland, criticizing both the Israeli and American governments.
The Jerusalem Post said Carter, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, blamed President George W. Bush for anti-American sentiment and worldwide terror.
Said the former president: "Bush's inordinate support for Israel allows the Palestinians to suffer. This is a source of anti-American sentiment in the world and encourages terror."
He said the main obstacles to peace are Israel's West Bank and Gaza Strip settlements, as well as the Israeli security fence. The Post said Carter called repeatedly for the return of Palestinian refugees to the territories, beyond what is called for in the Geneva Accord.
He accused the Palestinians of extinguishing the peace process by suicide bombings and the Israelis by house demolitions.
Added Carter, "The people support a peace settlement, but political leaders are the obstacle to peace."