White House reporter Helen Thomas announced earlier this week that she is retiring. The woman has been a White House journalist for decades, but a comment that she made about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has pressured her to retire.
Thomas reportedly told a rabbi at a White House event that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine." While Thomas has grown increasingly known for her harsh comments against Israel and the conficts in Iraq and Afghanistan, this drew particular attention. Thomas's employer Hearst News Service, the White House Press Secretary, even Obama find her comments to be too out of line to ignore.
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