Republican hopeful Gingrich fuels controversy over Palestinian 'invented people' remarks
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Front-runner for the United States Republican Party Presidential candidacy Newt Gingrich declined an opportunity prior to Saturday's Iowa debate to back down from his earlier assertion that the are an "invented people". Amongst condemnatory responses in the US, Senator issued a statement saying, "Gingrich offered no solutions — just a can of gasoline and a match."
Candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the 2012 Presidential election campaign are jostling for support from the influential Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire," Gingrich asserted. "We've had an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, and were historically part of the Arab community [...] 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".block; Gingrich's inflammatory remarks were made earlier this week in an interview with cable TV's . "Remember there was no
Hanan Ashrawi, spokesperson for the(PLO), said Gingrich appeared to have "lost all touch with reality" and that his comments "reveal ignorance and racism as well as a cheap attempt to woo pro-Israeli voters at the expense of Palestinian rights and peace in the region." She summed up her view of the US- relationship as, "many people, including Americans, [...] consider the architect of American foreign policy."
Saturday's debate between the candidates in Mitt Romney, ex-Governor of Massachusetts, pushed his ideas on rescuing the country's economy and stated, "[w]e don't need folks who are lifetime Washington people"., Iowa, the twelfth since the start of campaigning, saw Gingrich's rivals also criticising his background in Washington;
Gingrich, in the debate, further defended his comments to the Jewish Channel about Palestinians: "Somebody ought to have the courage to tell the truth. These people are terrorists."
Current polling by Utah governor Huntsman, who did not attend the debate.puts Gingrich 12 points ahead of Romney on 23%. The remaining five candidates, all with single-digit support, are , , , , and . Their degree of support runs down from 9% for Paul to 2% for former
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