Palestinians are ‘invented’ people, says White House contender

Newt Gingrich sparks outrage with claim that there was ‘no Palestine as a state’

Republican Newt Gingrich said the Palestinians were an 'invented' people

Republican Newt Gingrich said the Palestinians were an 'invented' people

Palestinians are an “invented” people and the peace process in the Middle East is “delusional.” Newt Gingrich, a frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president, said

The Obama administration has pursued a foreign policy of propping up “people who hate us” with an “even-handedness” that’s “favouring the terrorists,” Gingrich said in an interview with The Jewish Channel, a cable television network.

"Remember there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire," Gingrich said in the interview. “We’ve had an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, and were historically part of the Arab community. And they had a chance to go many places. And for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s, and I think it’s tragic.”

Senator Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, issued a statement today saying Gingrich “is wrong to think his attempt to turn the Palestinians into a non-people with no claim to a state will appeal to his audience on the Jewish Channel.”

“Gingrich’s cynical efforts to attract attention to himself with divisive and destructive statements will not help his presidential ambitions,” Levin, who is Jewish, said. “Gingrich offered no solutions - just a can of gasoline and a match.”

Gingrich, a former US House speaker from Georgia, has emerged as the leading challenger to Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, with less than a month before the Jan 3 Iowa caucuses start the party’s nomination contests.

The latest national daily Gallup tracking poll for the Republican presidential contenders shows Gingrich with 37 percent support compared with 22 percent for Romney. The poll, released yesterday, showed the five other Republican contenders with single digit support.

The poll taken Dec. 1-5 is a 5-day rolling average of support among registered Republicans nationwide and was first released by Gallup on Dec 6.

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Posted by: Peter

Gingrich is clearly aiming to attrack wealthy anti-Arab/anti-Palestinian people to his side, many of whom support Israel whether it is rational to or not. What I don't understand is what the US gains by taking instructions from a country smaller than New Jersey with less than 7 million people? Nearly every other actor in the region is more important geo-politically. Israel has no natural resources and no friends. Egypt has the canal; Saudi Arabia oil and size. Turkey is strategically and economically vital. Israel? A high-tech sector inferior to those in California or the Carolinas and a population that is increasingly less educated and more ultra-orthodox. I don't get it. This seems to be the most one-sided partnership in history, with the Israelis getting the best of the most powerful country and largest economy.

Posted by: Paul King

Funny how these so called "extremists" and "idiots" are not hunted down by their own people! This is a battle for the White House....not a popularity contest for Middle East residents. To be honest.....anyone will be better than the dope they have right now!

Posted by: Ghareeb

Its time Palestinians and Arab brothers wake up. This is a wake up call and fund the members who are supporting the just cause. Palestinians are living in a "living" prison and are in a worst position then any other country - eg -Syria, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan etc.

Posted by: Hanif Mohammed

To become the President of US, every candidate have to oblige and give into Israel, because they pull the strings in US administration.
It is sometimes strange that, western world is not able to see rationally, how Palestianians are treated to survive on a day to day basis. If Palestianians are 'invented people', I think Israelies are parachuted into this land illegally!!! Cynical people.

Posted by: Jake

He is known for that sort of comments. He is an extreme voice and we shouldn't pay too much attention to him. Considering the fate of the previous front runners we can be quite certain that he will disappear from the political stage quite soon.

The Reps will be left with no other choice but Ron Paul if they want to win the coming election. If they want to win...

Posted by: Dana

Agree the guy in an extremist and a waste of space ... but you cannot discount him at the White House ... not after the other idiot George W

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