“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.”
Helen Thomas has made many stupid comments over the years. It is very clear that she believes that there is a moral equivalence between the United States and Islamic Terrorists:
I was trying to find out why, why, what’s, look, we’ve been in this war, eight, nine years, against this so-called terrorism. And I do say "so-called" because in the newspapers, if you read, you read about the militants, you don’t read about us bombing everybody, and never really explaining why, and going into three, four different countries, Middle East, Africa, and so forth. Who are we? And why are we doing this?
Has this woman gotten so old that she doesn't remember the fact that 9/11 happened before we were in Iraq and Afghanistan? While the US military was in Middle Eastern Country before 9/11, but we were there by invitation. The Saudis asked us to help defend against Saddam Hussein after he tried to take over the country of Kuwait. That comment isn't even revisionist history, it is just outright false. Helen Thomas is obviously a smart woman, but she certainly does have a closed mind when it comes to the politics and the issues of the Middle East.
Ms. Thomas needs to explain how mutual respect and tolerance will be achieved when Hamas doesn't recognize the right of existence of Israel. There will be no peace until then Helen. Sorry to bring up that little detail, but it does need to be explained in order for your apology to actually work.