DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich says he is being factually accurate when he calls the Palestinians an “invented” people and says they are the creation of anti-Israel propaganda.

Gingrich’s chief rival for the presidential nomination, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, says the former House speaker has made a mistake in the description and has made it more difficult for Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate toward peace.

In remarks Saturday night at a candidate debate, Romney said the United States should allow both sides to talk without signaling a preference.

Gingrich responded to the criticism by saying he is speaking as a historian but adds that it’s time for a candidate to stand up and call Palestinian leaders “terrorists.”

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Comments (11)
  1. RonPaulforPres says:

    Gingrichs’ chief rival Romney my a$$…Ron Paul is …Paul,the only hope this falling country has

    1. Dale Gribble says:

      Only Ron Paul has the political fortitude to stop the UN from forcing Sharia Law on the US. Ron Paul can stop fluoridation and prevent Obammy from forcing White Christian children to be gay! Ron Paul in 2012!

    2. Our Savior says:

      Ron Paul cured my leprosy!

  2. Yeah says:

    Well I have a crazy uncle too, and just ’cause he’s crazy doesn’t mean he’s fit to be President.

    Though he would get us back on the GoldStandard. And he would put a stop to that NAFTA Superhighway.

    1. Dale Gribble says:

      You are either a coward, an imbecile or a traitor! Stand up for White Christian America! Vote Ron Paul and defeat the UN plot to destroy our Freedom!

      1. Zowie says:

        Sumthin’ in the water up there Dale?

        You better switch to bottled.

  3. jimmy says:

    Well to follow Newt’s logic there are no Minnesotians

  4. DougT says:

    And well, no Minnesotans are attempting to invent a new country, not are they sending missiles and terrorists into Wisconsin or Iowa. to kill innocent people.

    In fact, the Palestinian identity goes back, not to antiquity, but precisely to 1920. No “Palestinian Arab people” existed at the start of 1920

    Until the late nineteenth century, residents living in the region between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean identified themselves primarily in terms of religion: Moslems felt far stronger bonds with remote co-religionists than with nearby Christians and Jews. Living in that area did not imply any sense of common political purpose.

  5. Randy L. says:

    Newt is the only candidate currently in the running to debate Obama. Like it or not. I too wish Ron Paul was electable. But he won’t get the votes.

    1. No Class and Clueless says:

      Obama has more intelligent conversations with his children over breakfast than Newt could muster up on his best day.

      1. DougT says:

        Ya – right…..

        Drink the Kool-Aid and you too will thing Barry O is the smartest president ever…. Keep drinking…..

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