Anti-Israel (and anti-Jew) comments spell the end of the era of Helen Thomas:
Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas announced her retirement Monday following an uproar over comments she made last month about Jews in Israel.
Hearst Corporation, which employed Thomas as a columnist, put out a brief story via Hearst News Service announcing the retirement “effective immediately.”
The controversy escalated quickly over the weekend after the video surfaced online showing Thomas last month saying Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine,” suggesting they go instead to Germany, Poland and the United States. The video, shot by New York Rabbi David Nesenoff, was posted on several prominent websites and prompted a swift apology from Thomas on Friday.
“I deeply regret my comments,” she said in the statement, claiming 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.”
The apology did not satisfy her critics.
Lanny Davis, former special counsel to and White House spokesman for President Bill Clinton, said the apology “was not direct and didn’t address the merits of her belief in the stereotype that Jews are aliens in Israel and don’t belong there.”
You can watch the video here.