Newt Gingrich stood by his comments about Palestinians as "invented" people, after a question from George Stephanopoulos about the Palestinian premier saying the comment would inflame Osama bin Laden's followers.
"How would he know the difference?" Gingrich said, adding what he said was "historic" and correct. "Somebody ought to have the courage to tell the truth. These people are terrorists ... we pay for those text books through our aid money."
Mitt Romney replied, "I happen to agree with most of what the speaker said (except the specific "invented" remark). That I think was a mistake on the Speaker's part. I think the Speaker would suggest that as well. "
Gingrich shook his head and mouthed "No."
Romney said it was throwing "incendiary words into a place that is a boiling pot," and added later, "You don't speak for Israel. If Bibi Netanyahu wants to say what you said, let him say it."
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Arab League condemns Gingrich’s Palestinian remarks
A senior Arab League official has condemned Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich's statement that the Palestinians are an "invented" people.
The League official handling Palestinian affairs, Mohammed Sobeih, says Gingrich's statement was "irresponsible and dangerous."Why Israelis may not be thrilled by sweet nothings from Gingrich, GOP
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By questioning the foundation of Palestinian identity, Gingrich is aligning himself with the approach of Israel’s ideological Jewish settlers to the conflict, says Mitchell Barak, a public opinion expert and a former adviser to Mr. Netanyahu.