Helen Thomas and Peter Beinart
Helen Thomas is American journalism’s crazy old aunt in the attic. Peter Beinart is a starry-eyed nephew. She loathes the state of Israel; he claims to love it—though both sided with the so-called Free Gaza flotilla that tried to break Jerusalem’s naval blockade and allow the arming of the terror group Hamas, which has been firing rockets at Israeli civilians. Both Thomas and Beinart have caused a stir in recent weeks with their comments about Israel—not about the flotilla episode in particular but about the Jewish state more generally.
Thomas, White House correspondent for Hearst Newspapers, showed up at the White House’s May 27 Jewish Heritage Celebration, where she gave an interview to Rabbi David Nesenoff of RabbiLive.com. Late last week Nesenoff posted a clip from the video on YouTube. Here’s the transcript:
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