Newt Gingrich: Palestinians are an invented people
‘Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire. We have invented the Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs and are historically part of the Arab people, and they had the chance to go many places.’
‘For a variety of political reasons,’ Gingrich continued, ‘we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s, and I think it’s tragic.’
Gingrich’s comments are sure to inflame Arabs but may also have repercussions among Jews who support the policy, begun by former president George W. Bush and continued by President Obama, of calling for a separate Palestinian state.