White House reporter Helen Thomas -- the senior correspondent to Hearst newspapers -- was interviewed on camera by Rabbi David Nessenoff of Rabbilive.com during the Jewish Heritage reception at the White House on May 27, 2010. In the interview, Thomas said Jews should "Get the hell out of Palestine and go back to Germany and Poland," and that Palestine is a country of Jewish occupation.
Thomas, who turns 90 this summer, was born in Winchester, Kentucky on August 4, 1920 of Lebanese immigrants from Tripoli, Lebanon. She is a Christian of the Eastern Orthodox faith.
Thomas -- the senior White House reporter -- has covered every President of the United States since the Eisenhower administration in the 1950s. Moreover, she was the first female officer of the National Press Club.
Thomas issued an apology for her denunciation of Jews on her personal website Hot Air.com today (June 4, 2010) in which she writes, "I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. 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. May that day come soon."