Helen Thomas Suggests Jews Should Leave Israel, Then Apologizes
Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas found herself in the middle of an Internet controversy late yesterday when video surfaced of her making comments that can only be described as incredibly offensive:
White House press corps dean Helen Thomas — on the day that the White House hosted a Jewish Heritage Celebration, no less — said that Jews who live in Israel should “get the hell out of Palestine” and go “home.”
When asked where home was for Israeli Jews, Thomas offered “Poland, Germany… and America and everywhere else” that the founding generation of the State of Israel originally hailed.
“I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.”
To which I think Hot Air’s Allahpundit has the only appropriate response:
I’m satisfied. Who among us hasn’t innocently stumbled into a statement of support for ethnic cleansing when we didn’t really mean it?
Thomas has been something of a gadfly for awhile now, but these comments strike me as being beyond the pale, regardless of the fact that she apologized after she got caught.