Why Gingrich’s statement two days ago in which he called the Palestinians an “invented” people is considered controversial, is a mystery to me. Yet, in the GOP debate in Iowa Saturday night, Romney called Gingrich’s words incendiary and a mistake. Gingrich, to his great credit, stood his ground.
“Somebody ought to have the courage to tell the truth: These people are terrorists,” he said. “They teach terrorism in their schools. They have textbooks that say, ‘If there are 13 Jews and nine Jews are killed, how many Jews are left?’”
Romney said such talk did Israel little good.
“Therefore, before I made a statement of that nature, I’d get on the phone to my friend Bibi Netanyahu and say, ‘Would it help if I said this? What would you like me to do? Let’s work together because we’re partners.’ I’m not a bomb thrower, rhetorically or literally,” Romney said.
So Romney is so timid, he would literally pick up the phone to ask “his friend Bibi” whether he should speak the truth about Palestine? Oh man….
Here’s the truth about Palestine:
More of the exchange between Romney and Gingrich at the debate, yesterday:
“I happen to agree with most of what [Gingrich] said, except by going out and saying the Palestinians are an invented people,” Romney said, calling Gingrich’s remark “a mistake.” But the former Massachusetts governor stopped short of actually weighing in on the issue of Palestinian peoplehood, referring the matter to Israel, which, Romney seemed to claim, should be the one deciding whether Palestinians are indeed a people.
“We’re going to tell the truth but we’re not going to throw incendiary words into a place which is a boiling pot, when our friends the Israelis will probably say ‘what the hell are you doing?’”
“Somebody ought to have the courage to say the truth,” Gingrich said after detailing a list of accusations against the Palestinian Authority, “These people are terrorists. They teach terrorism in their schools…That’s fundamentally time for somebody to have the guts to stand up and say ‘enough lying about the Middle East.’”
This line of argument seemed to play well with the conservative audience in Iowa, which responded with cheers to the comments by Gingrich.
He concluded his defense of his words by invoking Reagan:
“I think sometimes it is helpful to have a president of the United States with the courage to tell the truth. Just as it was Reagan who went around his entire national security apparatus to call the Soviet Union an ‘evil empire.’ Reagan believed the power of truth restated the world and reframed the world. I’m a Reaganite. I’m proud to be a Reaganite. I will tell the truth, even if it causes some confusion sometimes with the timid.”
More Newt in the news:
The DNC apparently wants Newt to be the nominee to be saying that…