June 7th, 2010
12:25 PM ET

White House correspondent Helen Thomas retires

Helen Thomas, middle, will retire effective immediately, her company said.

Veteran Washington reporter and columnist Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring effective immediately, according to a statement from the Hearst Corporation.

Thomas's decision came days after her controversial statement that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine."

"I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians," Thomas said in a statement. "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.’’

Thomas under fire for saying Jews in Israel should go back to Germany, Poland

soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. lalalalalala

    oh, lets not forget Egypt, what about them......

    June 8, 2010 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. lalalalalala

    Long live Yisrael!!!

    June 8, 2010 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. lalalalalala

    YOu know, I think all the Scotts should move back to Scottland, I really don't want them living in America. They can't be trusted.

    June 8, 2010 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
    • sophiatesch

      Maybe there is a lalalalalala land we could send you to? That could be lovely. :o)

      June 8, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. lalalalalala

    sophiatesch

    I completely agree with your comments. I am just making fun of how stupid people can be. I am Jewish (by Mother only), raised in the U.S. by Agnostic parents who wanted me to make my own choices regarding religion (they are hippies). I have my own beliefs, and I respect people enough not to push it on them. I have been to church maybe 6 times in my life and each time I felt that the preacher, pastor, priest, whatever, spoke down to people like they were God and it really bothered me. I have never been to Temple and do not plan to. I believe a more of a Messianic view, but it is still hard to discount that we may have all come from placebo's:)

    I do not understand why, but I have been treated like crapt growing up by certain races or families because I came from the Rosenthal family. I might be biased because of this treatment, but I have never seen it any other way. I have met Muslims, Arabs, whatever, I have been friends with them and never told them my that my ancestors are Jews, out of fear that they would just end up hating me. People either like the Jews or hate them, and I have found that the majority of people hate them.
    I have never lived in Israel, never visited there, I really do not know how people on either side are being treated. It is upsetting that ANYONE has to die for their beliefs, but it really is nothing new. It has been going on for over 3000 years and there is nothing anyone can do about it, not the U.S., not the so called "activists" (I stress that because most of them are really are not that peaceful ), knowone. This is how it is going to be forever.
    I do not push my beliefs on my children, they are going to be raised to have their own minds. I have a son who is more on the palestinian side, he is a smart kid going to UO. I do not hate him for what he believes, I just hope that one day it's not about being on anyside, it's about how you live your own life.
    Sorry about my previous posts, that lady just rubbed me the wrong way because she was acting in a very aggressive manner to provoke people. To purposely cause more people to be angry and hate one another.

    PEACE

    June 8, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. EF

    Helen Thomas has been a LW partisan for all of her WH career. Why they let her sit in the front row and cackle her rhetoric for all those years beats me. As Tony Snow said after one of her tirades "thanks Helen, for the Hamma point of view"

    June 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jaksie

    The White House Rep had no right to comment or to infer that everyone in the room agreed with him. How predictable ..to step away. 'Freedom of Speech' isn't a reality, if everyone has to watch what they say at all times and to think about being politically coreect. Helen has a right to speak and also not to be condemned so viciously for one remark. All the years of reporting and she is forced to resign and to apologize. I think there should be leeway to speak and have an opinion. There shouldn't be certain topics that are off limits. I wonder what President Obama thinks as no one spoke directly with him on this particular issue, supposedly.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • proud israeli

      o.k – so get the hell away from U.S.A , or where ever your ancestors came from – how does it make you feel?

      June 9, 2010 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. proud israeli

    Proud Israeli part 1 – after some grammar repairs

    I just couldn't ignore my multiple spelling errors – I wrote sheep's instead of ships : )

    And I've added few more stuff….

    (First of all, I would like to apologize that my English is not that good :))

    that's it, I've had it! , you are oblivious and ignorant! Its 3 am, but I just can't sleep, this is much more important- where should I start?
    I'm 30 years old and I lived in Jerusalem until I was 21. My parents came from morocco to Israel when they were young in 1948, after the riots there- my grandfather had many fabric stores and they were all burned so all of my family came with nothing like many Jews from other countries and they had to start all over again. when I was 16 years old I had the "honor" to see for the very first time a terrorist attack (the second Intifada) – my two best friends were on that crowded bus to the art school and I remember that I ran to the bus because I was late and just like action or horror movie the bus exploded and collapsed in the air, there is no way I can explain the horrific scream sounds and smells I saw like body parts, a baby with no head – fun.. After one month, my neighbor was killed in our street by a terrorist with an ax, it's a shame, she was a peace activist, only 22 years old. After 12!! 12 bombing attacks that I was saved from – and let me tell you – all of these attacks were in our streets, night clubs and restaurants in tell Aviv, schools and bus stations- never near an army base or embassy or government office. after 3 friends and one family member that died , my parents decided to leave Jerusalem and move to Ashkelon – great city , amazing beach – and that's when the real fun started – 3000 missile in 8 years fell into sderot -near city – it's like neighborhood in America , only half an hour by car, and then few hundreds to Ashkelon. I'm an animal activist and we had to save a lot of dogs and cats that was traumatized and ran from their homes, not to mention kids that urinate in the streets from fear, the younger kids who were 8 and less, was less afraid because they didn't know other situation. I'm telling you all this not because I want your mercy and I'm sure that the Arabs suffered as well (I'm not calling them Palestinians because it's not historically correct- if you will look the definition of Palestine – just open Wikipedia or any other history book, or the holly great bible- yes, the same bible you swear in courts, you will know what I'm talking about). Back to my story – before the missile in Ashkelon, I moved to tel Aviv with my boyfriend, we heard two bombing attacks near where we lived – my precious cat was panicked and jumped from the roof and died...we moved to another area in tel Aviv.. few month later our best friend had his birthday ,at that day I was on my way to work ,but before that I wanted to see the news-all of us watch the news every day ,sad habit. anyway I opened the TV and then I was confused because I thought they are showing a new action movie and a second later I started to scream to my boyfriend to see – it was real- yes the 9/11, I was shocked and couldn't and didn't want to believe its real -of course instead of celebrate our friends birthday, we went to light candles and pray for all America. I'm sorry but since I can remember we nursed American music, art, culture, TV shows- you are a greatest nation. The next day we saw on the news the crazy celebration in Gaza -outrageous! they were giving candy to the children and for them it was a festive day . I will never forget that day... again this is my personal experiences and memories. And now for some facts – I don't hate Arabs! Even though I'm aloud to – I hate coward terrorists! I was in a friend wedding two weeks ago – she is Arab, not from Gaza, from Jerusalem, we are a lot of things but we are not racist like a lot of you in America, we cannot allow our self's to be- we have immigrant that come to Israel from all over the world and I'm so proud when I see all of us getting along and have mixed children – Russians, Ethiopian, Argentinean, south Africans, you name it. And to call us racist is just hallucinatory. more facts for most of you who never been in Israel or Gaza and sitting in your comfortable bubble – America and Saudi Arabia and half of the world gave to the so called "Palestinian" – more than couple of billions of dollars – only in sharam el shich conference, in march 2009, minister of foreign affairs , Mrs. Clinton , obligated to pass along with more than 80 countries – 4.4 billon dollars to the Palestinian authority ,bless them, it's not the point – do you know where all the money is ? Well I'll tell you – in the Hamas and other terrorist fanatics groups -where do you think they have so much ammunition? You don't believe me? Just start digging – the truth is out there- and the Palestinian people? They don't see a dime. All of their foundations – roads, water, sewerage – we built it! Do you remember precious mess murderer Yasser arraft? The same Arafat that our prime minister Rabin and prime minister of America then, Mr. Bill Clinton, signed the "Oslo agreements" in 1993? The same agreement that the Palestinian didn't persecuted eventually? never mind about that – after Yasser Arafat past away – his wife abandoned her own people and ran away to France with more than 300 million dollars – you can ask CBS network Leslie stahl- she investigate that – again people- facts !. Without the precious and "humanitarian" flotilla we saw last week, Israel pass just last year! – more then million tons of any supply you could dream of- oh and by the way F.Y.I-Hamas don't want to receive the merchandise that the ships left here- its stuck and dries in the sun – god knows why – I guarantee that they don't need it , but certainly you don't care about the facts – facts that has happened and still happening like the situation with turkey- it was our friend and favorite tourist site for Israelis, oh and they forgot all the help we gave them during their earthquakes, until the new president of them , "dear" and "humanitarian" , Mr. Arduan that just last night invited "dear" Mr. Achmanijad, president of Iran to start making plans of war towards Israel and America- he talks with no shame of a "new world" – I wonder what that means – in Iran they give death penalty to those who are gay and cuts arms or tongs to those who steal – real modern ... to some of you it's another drama on TV and the easiest thing for you is to blame us. For us it's a nightmare. and please stop calling us Nazi's ,that all of you are so easily saying- it's like the horrible "N" word that you used to say to Africans Americans not so long ago. and if you think that they want peace ,you are totally wrong -I've set with Arabs and they told me they will never accept and recognize two states- they want all of Israel and all of Jerusalem to them self's- I personally would give them all of Jerusalem if I'd thought it will bring peace. most of you think it doesn't concern you, but let me renew something to you- maybe not today, maybe in 10, 20 years from now (if Iran wont nuke all of us by then) when America, who has already so many terror nests, when they come and demand parts of your land, maybe than we will see how you will handle it.

    and as far as Helen Thomas concern – for what I know , she is not a native American like most of you aren't, and I'm sure she doesn't want to come back to Lebanon to wear veils and scarf's...true journalist my ass.

    Proud Israeli girl- part 2

    I just wanted to add few more things – first of all, 95% of the Muslims all over the web react just like our friend here – alaa – "go to hell Israel, Jews you deserve to die twice a day and not once as you are dogs and not humans". – how stupid and frustrating it is to debate with that kind of responses – although it's funny sometimes – how the hell you can die twice in one day? and I would take dogs and live with them any day and not a person like you-which by the way, most Arabs believe that dogs are demons, that's why most of them have no pets- that’s the main problem for me as an animal activist – just see how they treat animals in most Arab countries .one major difference between Islamic terrorism verses Islam or Jewish religion – we cherish life and they cherish death! yes, I know it sounds terrible – without telling you all the major differences of how religion is can be beautiful and wise – and I'm not a religious person by any means although I'm spiritual and do believe in the big boss above – I'm liberal and modern, have great tattoos, working as a manager in a very big music network, also I'm totally gorgeous woman, but that's beside the point : )..
    the reason I'm telling you that the "Palestinian" terrorists cherish death is because they sacred and praise ones who are willing to die in the name of Allah – that's why they are calling them "shahids" – the term of this word is a hero that dies for Islam religion, but there point of view is twisted and against Islam values and in our Jewish religion, if you kill yourself or commit suicide you are buried outside of the graveyard and it's a big shame to the family, (unless you defend yourself of course).

    I do believe sometimes that most human race combined with religion is bad , But it's just because most people wrongly interpret their religion or just crazy or fanatics – fanatics are everywhere and they are ruin life for everyone else.

    In 2005 we went away from Gaza and in 2006 the Hamas kidnapped gilad shalit, since then his been rotten in the Hamas tunnels with bombs attached to him and for four years they don’t let the U.N or the red cross to visit him even once!– that’s why we cant go inside Gaza and free him. On the other hand Hamas terrorists in prison here in Israel get to have a visit every week by the red cross, we allow them to see their families and most of them get to have free education – I'm a citizen here and I don’t get to have free education ! I'm telling you the truth and I saw it in my on eyes! I have a good friend in "hadarim" prison in Israel, well he smoked some drugs(bad boy) and will be free soon, but I visited him couple of times, and I see how we treat them – again – good for us, just like we accept Sudanese and Eritrea's refugees . we are totally humanitarians on the verge of being suckers, that’s why I love my country and that’s why I'm so sad that all the rest of the world is oblivious with what's going on here.

    " Also in our last Operation in Gaza –" lead casting
    Or what ever the hell we called it, we tried so dam hard not to kill civilians, and before every entrance to Gaza, we worn the civilians to go to safe arrears- which they also have –Do you have any idea how much weapon and artillery we have? We could blow up all of Gaza in one second without any problem, but we never did because of the civilians. A lot of our soldiers had to die because they needed to go by foot – again good for us, I'm proud that my country is human, and after all of that – we are the bad guys! That’s what my friend and I talked about this week, if the world thinks of us like that, why aren’t we the S.O.B'S for real? Like Russia or china or dearest turkey these days that have a Kurdish rebels – more then 25 million lives in Iran Iraq and north turkey – most of the Turkish population up north are Kurdish and guess what turkey do since 1920? – That’s right – killing them brutally, and not only in turkey, also in north Iraq – and guess what – they are Muslims! I have never seen a flotilla going to help and support them; Why the U.N doesn't say anything about that? What about North Korea? I'm not compressing us with them; I'm just saying it's really easy to attack us over and over again. Last but not least – the dam flotilla incident we had last week, I keep hearing – neutral waters, territorial waters – the ship was 5 min from Israel borders!!! And I'm talking only about the marmara ship, all the other ships came back peacefully safe and with no violence from them or us, second of all, we never had the attention to fight them, and after that we found out that at least 5 known terrorist was aboard into the marmara ship, get up from another port with artillery and huge amount of money. I think we made a big mistake that we risked our soldier's lives and came out lame for us and for the rest of the world , but a known fact – before the ships came to Israel, we have protocols from turkey that she obligated that the flotilla will be safe and without terrorist , that’s why the Israeli intelligence didn’t checked and that’s why this hole situation could have be totally different . Again we could just wait for 5 min until they will enter to Israel borders and blow up the ship? Like Russia or Denmark did with Somalia refugee's ships? Would that be o.k.? by the way, You can find more of those in YouTube.

    Dear responders – I care about the past, but I care so much more about the future and life , and most of all about animals and our nature – that’s why I wrote all of that without mention the holocaust- I don’t agree even here in Israel, that people use that to shut mouths , it was a terrible and dark time to a lot of nations, and that is why I told you my privet life here. I too just want to live my life quietly, but you have no idea how it feels like to be persecuted all the time by all over the world! – It sucks! I wouldn't mind to live in another place , but I'm not willing to live illegal or without green card , and to tell you the truth , I don’t want to go where I'm not welcomed

    I am a proud person in my nature and for me the whole world hate my guts just because I'm Jewish. And as for politics, you know it's not so simple to choose a leader and for my opinion, Mr. Benyamin Netanyahu is smart president and a great economist, that’s why most of the world is in financial mess and we are not. I think that Mr. Obama is great and smart president also (naïve, but great : )), and he took responsibly about the devastating oil pollution that you have there – but by all means this is a crime against the humanity, but worse then politics is the people who control our oil and banks/money and do whatever they feel like.

    And I'm so sorry that America has to help us and that you are angry about that, but we have mutual interest and both of our governments know we need each other.
    I wish I had the same peace of mind that you have, I wish we were living in " lala" land , but the big boss that is in haven or in Hawaii : ) , gave each different cards and we need to do the best we can . Like the great TV show – extreme makeover – I love that show and they know how to make me cry each show: ).. I don’t hate anyone; Me and my people are just exhausted..

    Certainly not the British – I'm in love with Jason Statham : )..

    Thank you all very much for listening and if you still have strength to see one more thing, I would appreciate if you'll click in YouTube the words – "an open letter to the world" – by Rabbi Meir Kahane.

    I hope there is out there in the universe some parallel world that all are living in perfect harmony with themselves and with nature; I know I would go there in a heart beat : )

    Sincerely

    Ms Marciano

    June 10, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Fatimah

    The shameful Arab Helen Thomas' racism & ethnic cleansing views, all at a time that most Palestinian Arabs are not "natives", they're actually immigrants from Syria & other surrounding Arab lands. mostly their immigration occured in the years between 1880 and 1948.

    Let's remember that it was the Mufti that founded the Arab Israeli conflict in in 1929 by his genocide campaign to ´Kill all Jews,´ nothing has changed since.

    The Islamic Mufti influenced Arabs' racism by his Islamic radicalism!!!

    The Arab world Keep on branding everything Israel does for defense as "racist" Because racist sepremacist (almost all of) Arabia & racist Palestine don't even allow Jews to live in their "pure-arab" apartheid land.

    And what is Arab terror on Jews all about if not raw anti-Jewish racism?

    And what is the motivation behind all the bloody cruelty upon its people by Hamas / Hezbollah to cause civilians to die in order to blame Israel for it, Is it not bigotry?

    Try to conduct a poll in ALL OF ARABIA about Jews...

    Oh, and that boring excuse that Arabs (maybe) Semites there for they can't be anti-Jewish racists? What a bull, it's all in the head, if Arabs see Jews as a separate creed and hate it, sdeek to eliminate it from the face of the earth or at least from the area.., they are THE FASCISTS RACISTS!!!

    Most Israeli Jews are "brown." BTW! And Arabs are often treated far better than Jews, look at all court cases!

    On a side note:
    We should never forget what Arab Palestinian (PLO, Arafat) Muslims did to Lebanese in Damour. All the while they keep on talking about Sabra Shatilah.

    June 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • proud israeli

      thank you fatimah – it is sad that all the normal people are not living in one great state : )

      June 25, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4