“I believe that the Jewish people have the right to have a state,” Gingrich said in the interview. “Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire. And I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, who are historically part of the Arab community.”
– Newt Gingrich, in an interview that aired Friday with The Jewish Channel, a U.S. cable channel
That is so truly offensive and racist….I’m at a loss. Aren’t you some kind of history professor Newt? You must be joking. Ugh. Palestinian people were invented? There was no Palestine? Then how do you make the opposite argument for a Jewish state? I’m not suggesting that Israel has no right whatsoever to the land, but this kind of backwards and ahistorical view of some alternative holy land reality is maddening to anyone with any basic understanding of the decades and centuries of history behind the conflict in the Middle East. Get a grip Newt Gingrich.