And he’s right, that’s why the TT calls them the Fakestinians!
“Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire” until the early 20th century” […] “I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs, and who 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 it’s tragic,” he said.
Remember folks, Gingrich is a historian, so soft peddling the truth on historical issues will get a rather short shrift from him. The Palestinians are indeed an invented people, concocted during the heyday of the Soviet empire after the Arab loss in the 67′ war. There is no such thing as a “Palestinian people” any more than there is a distinct “Scandinavian people”, they’re both a region, nothing more. KGS
Gingrich fuels more Mideast conflict: Palestinians
RAMALLAH, West Bank | Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:58am EST
(Reuters) – Palestinian leaders said on Saturday U.S. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich had invited more conflict in the Middle East by calling the Palestinians an “invented” people who want to destroy Israel.
Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian official, described his comments in an interview as “despicable.” Hanan Ashrawi, another top official, said Gingrich’s “very racist comments” showed he was “incapable of holding public office.”
“This is the lowest point of thinking anyone can reach,” Erekat, a close advisor to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, told Reuters. Such comments served only to “increase the cycle of violence,” he added.