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Former US President Jimmy Carter calls post-war situation in the Gaza Strip 'intolerable'

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, shakes hands with Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter during their meeting on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in the West Bank city of Ramallah.  (Abbas Momani Pool Photo via AP)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, shakes hands with Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter during their meeting on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Abbas Momani Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says eight months after a bloody war in the Gaza Strip that the situation there is "intolerable."

Carter's delegation called off a planned visit to Gaza earlier this week, giving no explanation. Speaking Saturday, Carter says he is still determined to work for a Palestinian state. But he lamented that "not one destroyed house has been rebuilt" in Gaza since the war.

Carter, 90, visited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas but was shunned by Israeli leaders who long have considered him hostile to the Jewish state.

Although he brokered the first Israeli-Arab peace treaty during his presidency, Carter outraged many Israelis with his 2006 book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid." He's also repeatedly reached out to Gaza's Islamic Hamas leaders, considered terrorists by much of the West.