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  • The Jewish Channel Exclusive Interview With GOP Front-Runner and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich

    by TJC Staff

    Republican Presidential Primary front-runner and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich shared his thoughts on Jewish issues and matters relating to Israel in an exclusive interview with The Jewish Channel, America’s Jewish cable station.

    Gingrich told The Jewish Channel’s Steven I. Weiss that Palestinians are not a genuine nation, that he identifies closely with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that he has “a bias in favor of clemency” for jailed Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard.

    “I think we have had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs,” Gingrich said, after affirming “I believe that the Jewish people have the right to have a state.” Gingrich went on to suggest that differentiating between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority is not always appropriate, as “both…represent an enormous desire to destroy Israel.” He also specifically criticized PA President Mahmoud Abbas, saying he did not recognize Israel’s right to exist; Abbas has said he won’t recognize Israel as a Jewish State.

    Of the Oslo Peace Accords, which Gingrich helped shape in Congress in 1994 to require America to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, among other things, the candidate declared “I think it’s delusional to call it a peace process.” Responding to the approach of “evenhandedness” advocated by President Barack Obama, Gingrich retorted, “Right, but if I’m evenhanded between a civilian democracy that obeys the rule of law and a group of terrorists that are firing missiles everyday, that’s not even handed, that’s favoring the terrorists.”

    Gingrich was also highly critical of the Obama administration’s diplomacy in the Middle East amid recent turmoil, declaring “I think we are much more likely to see an Arab winter than an Arab spring.” The former congressman also decried the number of Islamist seats won in the recent Egyptian elections as indicative of deeper problems in the region.

    As to whom he agrees with, Gingrich said “I see myself as in many ways being pretty close to Bibi Netanyahu in thinking about the dangers of the world,” adding “Bibi’s a really tough guy, and he’s a guy who puts Israel’s security first; he also happens to be a free-market guy and someone who has made the entrepreneurial boom so successful.”

    Addressing the topic of jailed Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, Gingrich announced he has assembled a “working group” that is currently “studying” the issue, and that “I have a bias in favor of clemency” in part because “he has served a very long time.” He said that if elected president, “I would appoint a very small panel that would be very willing to look at the facts.” He noted, however, that past presidents had reversed an earlier willingness to release Pollard and that “there’s something there that I don’t know as a non-president, and I’d want to be thoroughly briefed” before making a decision. “If we can get to a point where I’m satisfied that there’s no national security threat, and if he’s in fact servied within the range of people who’ve had a similar problem, then I’d be inclined to consider clemency.”

    The full interview with Gingrich can be viewed on The Jewish Channel, which is available on Comcast, iO Optimum, Verizon FiOS, Time Warner Cable, Cox Cable, RCN, Bright House Networks, and Frontier.

    December 9, 2011 | Read more Newsdesk posts. 36 Comments »

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    36 Comments »

    1. Invented people? I suspect Newt advocates for ethnic cleansing? His logical next step would be to call for the elimination of those pesky brown dirty people. Pretty disgusting really. I hope that the viewers of the Jewish Channel push back against this unproductive dialogue. What would it take for the viewers of the Jewish Channel to think an American politician has gone too far in their blatant pandering? If Newt called for the forced exportation of all Palestinians, would that precipitate outrage? If Newt called for concentration camps with coordinated extermination of all of all Palestinians, would that be ok? It is an awful slippery slope. Now, he is trying to deny that they are a real people, and later they will be sub-human, and after that it is all downhill. I believe in the humanity, wisdom, and power of the Jewish community and religion, and believe now is the time to tell Gingrich, hold on a second, the Palestinians are a people, they deserve human rights too, and they deserve a place to live in peace and harmony.

      Comment by Matt Ajluni — December 9, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    2. [...] All preview clips of Newt’s interview are here. [...]

      Pingback by Newt: I’d Consider Clemency for Jonathan Pollard | The Right Tube — December 9, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    3. I cannot tell you how refreshing it is to hear a leader who understands history and has the guts to speak the truth! That takes remarkable courage in our political culture. Good for you, Newt!

      Comment by Deborah Clemence — December 9, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

    4. Polar wasn’t even israelly.
      He was C.I.A. and then free lancer for the mosad…plus, he was discover.
      Same on him.

      Comment by Esteban Petliuk — December 9, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

    5. …i mean shame :)

      Comment by Esteban Petliuk — December 9, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

    6. [...] Jewish Channel, a cable TV station, posted online its interview with the former US House speaker, who has risen to the top of Republican nomination candidates to challenge Democratic President [...]

      Pingback by WorldNews2GO » Blog Archive » Palestinians are an invented people, says Newt Gingrich — December 9, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

    7. [...] Jewish Channel, a cable TV station, posted online its interview with the former US House speaker, who has risen to the top of Republican nomination candidates to challenge Democratic President [...]

      Pingback by Palestinians are an invented people, says Newt Gingrich | BRAEKING NEWS 1 WORLD — December 9, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    8. [...] an “invented” people who want to destroy Israel.The Jewish Channel, a cable TV station, posted online its interview with the former US House speaker, who has risen to the top of Republican nomination candidates to challenge Democratic President [...]

      Pingback by Palestinians are an invented people, says Newt Gingrich - ScrollPost.com — December 9, 2011 @ 8:20 pm

    9. Have we no decency?

      Comment by David Renfro — December 9, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    10. [...] told The Jewish Channel: We’ve had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and are historically part of the [...]

      Pingback by WeMustChange » Blog Archive » Newt Gingrich: Palestinians Are An ‘Invented’ People — December 9, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

    11. [...] told The Jewish Channel: We’ve had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and are historically part of the [...]

      Pingback by Newt Gingrich: Palestinians Are An ‘Invented’ People | ThinkProgress « Simon Studio Analysis — December 9, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

    12. These are the types of responses that Peggy Noonan was referring to in her recent piece on Gingrich. These responses of Newt’s are a shameless effort to engender Jewish and Israeli sympathy and support for his candidacy while unnecessarily fanning the flames with Arabs (Palestinians) and Egyptians. In particular the voting that is happening in Egypt is positive and what the Egyptian people want, and is not appropriate for Gingrich to characterize negatively. This shameless and unnecessary campaign rhetoric of Gingrich’s is decidedly unhelpful toward any piece processes in the Middle East. The World would become a much more dangerous place with Newt Gingrich’s dangerous and divisive rhetoric representing the U.S.

      Comment by Mauibrad — December 9, 2011 @ 11:57 pm

    13. Mr . Gingrich , in all his glory ( stupidity ), is clearly both blind and deaf to simple historical facts . True , there was no Palestine , pr . say , but neither was there any Israel , so where does that leave us ? I truly believe that the palestine people have a right to their own state . Israel is acting like the ” masterfolk ” did during Worldwar 2 – they need ” lebensraum ” ! There will never be a lasting peace in the Middle East , so lang as the Israeli government continues its occupying policy !!

      Comment by Robert Skrogstad — December 10, 2011 @ 4:08 am

    14. Palestine will get justice. The whole world supports justice for Palestine.

      Comment by Richard — December 10, 2011 @ 4:25 am

    15. If the Palestinians were ‘invented’ how do you explain the fact that Palestine was full of Palestinians? That is until they were ethnically cleansed by Europeans in the 1940s. The population of Palestine was driven from their homes and lands and often massacred. It is still happening today and all paid for by US taxes.

      Comment by Jane — December 10, 2011 @ 4:31 am

    16. [...] told The Jewish Channel that Palestinians are not a genuine [...]

      Pingback by Gingrich ready to help Israel attack Iran — calls Palestinians an ‘invented people’ — War in Context — December 10, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    17. [...] was no Palestine as a state, [it was] part of the Ottoman empire,” he said in a video excerpt posted online. “I think we have an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and historically part [...]

      Pingback by WorldNews2GO » Blog Archive » Palestinians tell Gingrich to learn history after ‘invented people’ claim — December 10, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    18. Finally some truth. The only real palestinians are jewish, like myself, both parents beiong holders of Jewish Palestinaisn IDs issued by HRM King George, prior to whom no territory of palestine was ever a political unit. The Arabs are basically just that Arabs, hailing from wherever, just as they are Arabs in Hamburg, Stockholm of Bruxelles. They have no national claim to the Land of Israel, or Mandatory Palestine which raised 30,000 troops for the allied war effort, all jewish. So the Peace process with the Arab invaders is a sham, because the invaders are not interested in peace. They are, and always were, for the destruction of the Palestinian jewish national Home, and its legal inheritor, the State of israel. Jewish Israel, having won its freedom from British rule and Arab invasion is the only legitimate sovereignty west of the jordan River, and should Arabs wish to participate in an Arab polity, they have 22 states to choose from.

      Comment by yuval Brandstetter MD — December 10, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    19. [...] was no Palestine as a state, [it was] part of the Ottoman empire,” he said in a video excerpt posted online. “I think we have an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and historically part [...]

      Pingback by Palestinians tell Gingrich to learn history after 'invented people' claim - ScrollPost.com — December 10, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    20. [...] Jewish Channel, a cable TV station, posted online its interview with the former US House speaker, who has risen to the top of Republican nomination candidates to challenge Democratic President [...]

      Pingback by Palestinians are an invented people, says Newt Gingrich | Intifada Palestine — December 10, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    21. [...] Salam Fayyad, said Gingrich was denying “historical truths”. Gingrich said in an interview with The Jewish Channel that Palestinians were not a race of people because they had never had a [...]

      Pingback by Palestinians tell Gingrich to learn history after ‘invented people’ claim « Fresh Coffee News — December 10, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    22. [...] Yesterday I came upon an article in which Newt Gingrich in an interview with The Jewish Channel, ….dismissed the Palestinian bid for statehood as the effort of an “invented [...]

      Pingback by The Palestinians | Sola Dei Gloria — December 10, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    23. [...] told The Jewish Channel: We’ve had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and are historically part of the [...]

      Pingback by Newt Gingrich: Palestinians Are An ‘Invented’ People « LobeLog.com — December 10, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

    24. [...] and Romney to Gingrich and Perry – “You shouldn’t stir up trouble.” Newt opined in an interview on Friday that the Palestinians were an “invented people”. When the panel were asked what they thought [...]

      Pingback by Newt Gingrich survived the nastiest debate so far, but his weaknesses are now known – Telegraph Blogs — December 10, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

    25. Finally a U.S. politician that tells it like it is and is not afaraid of offending the arabs

      Comment by Stan Black — December 11, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    26. [...] Jewish Channel, a cable TV station, posted online its interview with the former US House speaker, who has risen to the top of Republican nomination candidates to challenge Democratic President [...]

      Pingback by Newth Gingrich | News of Barack Obama, The President of USA — December 11, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

    27. [...] told The Jewish Channel: We’ve had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and are historically part of the [...]

      Pingback by Newt Gingrich: Palestinians Are An ‘Invented’ People | Set You Free News — December 11, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

    28. [...] as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire,” Gingrich told the Jewish Channel, which posted portions of the interview online on Friday [cached]. “And I think that we’ve have invented the Palestinian people, who are in fact [...]

      Pingback by Gingrich Puts His Ignorance On Display | Miscellanea Agnostica — December 11, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

    29. [...] of the Arab community, and they had the chance to go many places,” Gingrich told the cable TV Jewish Channel, which posted portions of the interview online on [...]

      Pingback by Opinion: Gingrich Seems to be Channeling Golda Meir | Gestetner Updates — December 11, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    30. [...] Here is what the self-styled Wunderkind had to say during an interview with Steven I. Weiss on the Jewish Channel: [...]

      Pingback by The Dangers of a Gingrich Doctrine — December 12, 2011 @ 4:43 am

    31. [...] Newt Gingrich caused a stir last week when he declared, on the Jewish Channel cable TV station, that the Palestinians are an invented people. You can watch the various segments of his interview on that link.  He was absolutely correct in [...]

      Pingback by Newt Gingrich states the Palestinians are an invented people | Anne's Opinions — December 12, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    32. [...] “pro-Israel”, with Newt Gingrich taking the game to a whole new level last week when he said in an interview with The Jewish Channel that Palestinians were an “invented” people. When asked whether he considered himself a [...]

      Pingback by Newt Gingrich’s Invented History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict « Act of Defiance — December 13, 2011 @ 2:40 am

    33. [...] Friday, December 9, presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich was interviewed on cable TV’s The Jewish Channel, where he made the unexpected comment that the Palestinians are an invented people with no apparent [...]

      Pingback by DAVID MEIR LEVI: AN INVENTED PEOPLE | RUTHFULLY YOURS — December 13, 2011 @ 4:45 am

    34. [...] with Newt Gingrich taking the game to a whole new level  last week when he said in an interview with The Jewish Channel that Palestinians were an “invented” people. When asked whether he considered himself a [...]

      Pingback by Newt’s Invented History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict | Jeremy R. Hammond — December 13, 2011 @ 4:47 am

    35. [...] was no Palestine as a state, [it was] part of the Ottoman empire,” he said in a video excerpt posted online. “I think we have an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and historically part [...]

      Pingback by Gingrich stokes Palestinian rage | Top News — December 14, 2011 @ 8:03 am

    36. Newt Gingrich is brilliant! He has the knowledge of history and the courage to speak the truth and say things that nobody else seems to be willing to say! America need statesmen like Newt who are not intimidated by the culture of political correctness!

      Comment by CapeLady — July 25, 2012 @ 3:24 am

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