After making off the cuff comments about Jews…..
Hearst News Service is now reporting that veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas has announced that she is retiring, effective immediately, in the wake of a controversy over her comments on Israel. Thomas told a rabbi at a White House event last week that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and go back to Germany and Poland.
Thomas who has covered the White House since 1960 issued this statement on her website of apology, “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.”
Thomas’s comments provoked sharp criticism from several White House reporters, and drew a rebuke from the White House podium Monday. More in this report from the Associated Press