Helen Thomas to Israeli Jews: Go Back to Germany, Poland

89-year-old White House correspondent Helen Thomas, when asked about the Middle East last week outside the Jewish Heritage Celebration, said Jews should "Get the hell out of Palestine." Ex-Bush propaganda minister Ari Fleischer wants her fired. She has since apologized.

On her website, Thomas wrote the following statement:

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."

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