Hamas said it foiled an attempt by Palestinian terrorists to assassinate former US during his visit to the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, Palestinian sources told news agencies.
Israeli security sources said that the Shin Bet ( ) had learned of plans to target Carter and had passed on the information to the former president's security detail in "real time."
According to Palestinian sources, terrorists linked with al Qaida hid a number of improved explosive devices along a road that Carter's convoy was scheduled to travel on inside Gaza. Hamas forces reportedly uncovered the IEDs and destroyed them.
Ismail Shahwan, spokesman for the Hamas Ministry of the Interior, denied that an Al-Qaeda-linked group had planned to assassinate Carter.
Shawan said no explosives were discovered near the Erez border crossing. He said that the visit went according to the plan.
Earlier, Carter had been quoted as saying he was holding back tears when surveying the "deliberate destruction" in Gaza following Israel's Operation Cast Lead earlier this year, Israel Radio reported.
Hey, I'm glad that Carter is alright, but at his age, it's pretty clear that he'll never understand how his continual meddling in foreign affairs not only undermines the President, but puts the lives of our troops as well as his own even more at risk. He just doesn't get it and he never will--thank goodness his reign of tyranny only lasted one term.