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Former White House correspondent: “You cannot criticize Israel in this country and survive”

October 15, 2010

Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas stands by her controversial remarks on Israel that led to her retirement.

Helen Thomas has acknowledged she touched a nerve with remarks about Israel that led to her retirement. But she says the comments were “exactly what I thought,” even though she realized soon afterward that it was the end of her job. “I hit the third rail. You cannot criticize Israel in this country and survive, Thomas told Ohio station WMRN-AM in a sometimes emotional 35-minute interview that aired Tuesday.

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It’s been said that if you want to know who the real ruling power is in a country ask the question: Whom is it forbidden to criticize?

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