Our readers are probably aware by now that Helen Thomas, the “dean” of the White House press corps, made a statement last week that Israelis should “get the hell out” of Palestine and go back to places like Germany and Poland – and in so doing caused not a small stir.
Well, she’s finally done.
HELEN THOMAS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 – Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately.
Her decision came after her controversial comments about Israel and the Palestinians were captured on videotape and widely disseminated on the Internet.
Thomas later issued a statement: “I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. 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 will mark her 90th birthday on Aug. 4.
Anybody who will miss Helen Thomas, who has been a blight on the Washington media scene for decades and passed the laughable stage in the Reagan era, is a loon. It’s long past time she was put to pasture.