December 11, 2011
In the ABC Iowa debate Saturday night, Ron Paul contradicted former House speaker Newt Gingrich’s claim that the Palestinians are an ‘invented people.’
Earlier in the week, Gingrich made the controversial remark, saying that he believes that “the Jewish people have the right to a state … Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire.”
“I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs,” Gingrich said, “and who were historically part of the Arab community.”
Asked about these remarks, Ron Paul disagreed saying that under the Ottoman Empire neither the Israelis or the Palestinians had an official state. Paul accused Gingrich of “stirring up trouble.” Paul’s views on the Israel-Palestine conflict are controversial.
Unlike many in both the Republican and Democratic parties, Paul has been a harsh critic of Israeli actions against Palestinians, and an even harsher critic of the US government’s unqualified support of Israel – a country he believes should manage its own destiny.
This article was posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 6:49 am