Republican US presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has refused to retract his earlier anti-Palestinian remark, this time labeling Palestinians as “terrorists.”
presidential candidate and former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich gestures during the Republican Party presidential candidates' debate at
Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, December 10, 2011.
Press TV--During a Saturday night primary
Republican presidential debate in Iowa, Gingrich defended his earlier
remark that the Palestinians were "an invented people,” and claimed that
the comment was "factually correct” and "historically true,” Reuters
This is while the Tel Aviv regime was created in 1948 by forcing
hundreds of thousands of Palestinians out of their homes, killing and
injuring many thousands and driving huge masses of them out into
neighboring Arab states.
Gingrich had made his first anti-Palestinian comments in an
interview with a US-based pro-Israeli cable network, the Jewish Channel.
On Saturday, the Republican presidential candidate further
complained that while the administration of current US President Barack
Obama "tries to pressure the Israelis into a peace process… somebody
ought to have the courage to tell the truth; these people (Palestinians)
Gingrich's remarks are interpreted by many as being geared toward
winning campaign funds from the influential pro-Israel lobby in the
United States, especially considering the fact that his ex-wife worked
for the Israeli government during the time when he presided over the US
House of Representative.
US Republican candidates hoping to challenge Obama next November
have been seeking to attract Jewish support by vowing to bolster US
commitment to Israel if elected.
The comments by Gingrich triggered outrage among Palestinian
officials, who accused Gingrich of pleading for the support of the
pro-Israeli lobby "in a cheap way.”
Palestinian legislator Hannan Ashrawi said Gingrich had "lost touch
with reality." She said his statements were "a cheap way to win (the)
Moreover, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called Gingrich's statements
"shameful and disgraceful." "These statements ... show genuine
hostility toward Palestinians," he said.
Meanwhile, his rival former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said
Gingrich's comments made it more difficult for Israelis and Palestinians
to negotiate toward peace.