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When Jimmy Carter met Wonder Woman

Some fans condemn Gal Gadot’s photo of herself with the former US president and call him an anti-Semite

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Israeli actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman (Zack Snyder/Warner Bros)
Israeli actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman (Zack Snyder/Warner Bros)

Israeli actress Gal Gadot, the future Wonder Woman, whipped up a storm of criticism after she posted a picture on Facebook of herself with former US president Jimmy Carter, who some consider a harsh critic of the Jewish state.

Many of Gadot’s fans accused Carter of being anti-Israel, and even anti-Semitic.

Gadot posted the picture on Saturday, noting that she ran into the statesman at an airport.

“Off to a new project, guess who I ran into in the airport?? It’s not everyday that you get to meet with a Nobel prize winner former president Jimmy Carter. So humbled I am star struck,” she wrote.

While the picture received over 60,000 “likes” within about eight hours, it also drew a barrage of scathing comments about Carter’s views on Israel.

“Gal please don’t hang with people who hate Israel. Love you,” wrote one commentator.

“I’m surprised he touched a Jew,” said another.

“It’s not an honor to take a picture with this bigot racist Antisemite,” declared a third fan.

Other comments accused Carter of being a “Nazi,” “a well known anti-Semite,” and a supporter of the Hamas terror group.

Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for brokering the Camp David Accords, the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel that has been in place since 1979.

The former US president was the subject of much criticism over his 2006 book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” in which he wrote: “Israel’s continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Middle East.”

In 2013 Carter called on the European Union to label products from West Bank settlements that, he said, are illegal under international law, although he rejected an economic boycott to pressure Israel over the settlements.

Carter has also been an outspoken critic of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing him of trying to prevent a two-state solution and working toward a “Greater Israel.”

Gadot, an actress and model who found fame first as an Israeli print and runway model and then in the “Fast and the Furious” film series, will star as the lasso-wielding ingenue in the much-anticipated Zack Snyder film, which is currently in production in Detroit but isn’t expected to hit theaters for another two years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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