New York – Photos Of Newt Gingrich Embracing Yasser Arafat Surface

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    New York – Huffington Post, Sam Stein reports, Newt Gingrich’s questioning of the “authenticity” of the Palestinian people and even whether they should be classified as a group has sparked a sharp debate within the Republican Party.

    “Remember, there was no Palestine as a state – (it was) part of the Ottoman Empire,” Gingrich told the Jewish Channel last week. “I think we have an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and historically part of the Arab community and they had the chance to go many places.”

    Several of his fellow candidates for the GOP presidential nomination called his comments unnecessarily provocative and ultimately unhelpful to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In foreign policy circles there has been no shortage of debate about the accuracy of the remarks and the former House Speaker’s consistency on the matter.

    On Monday, a political operative who has been working on Palestine-Israel policy for the past 20 years sent The Huffington Post a picture of Gingrich, then the House minority whip, grasped the hand of longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat immediately following the September 1993 Oslo peace accords.

    Full story at The Huffington Post

    VIN News, also found A 1998 Reuters photo where Gingrich met Arafta In Ramallah: see below

    U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) shakes hands with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat following their meeting in Ramallah May 27 1998.

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    32 COMMENTS

      • “He just shook his hand and posed for the picture. Hillary Clinton actually hugged and kissed Mrs. Arafat.”

        Oh yes…. so we should all be MORE angry at Clinton than Newt, right?

        LOL!!! (:-D

        I love watching you conservatives twist & turn your way through the jumble of mess that is Newt Gingrich!

        The excuses you all have to make for this man are amazing!!!

          • Oh pa-leaze! (lol) You can’t even COMPARE the baggage of Newt Gingrich w\Barak Obama! Not even close!

            In fact… you can’t compare the baggage of Newt Gingrich to just about ANYONE in politics today, are you kidding me?

            So many members of his OWN party who used to work underneath him back in the 90’s, refuse to work w\him or support him now! His own campaign FIRED his behind over the summer, and he had to re-group just to stay in the game! They saw how undisciplined he was & what an embarrassment he would be to the party as a whole… and LEFT!

            The guy is a trainwreck! Face it! (lol)

        • What the commenter seems to be saying is that NYers still voted for Clinton even after pictures of her hugging Mrs. Arafat surfaced, which she is angry about.
          Obama BOWED to many leaders including Saudi Arabia, China and Japan. Watch the videos- With the King of Saudi he went to a full 90 degree bend! No way it was a “slight bow because Obama is taller”.
          Now, I have not decided which candidate I am supporting. I don’t particularly like Newt. But it seems to be clear that the MSM has taken an unfair attack on all the Republican front-runners when Obama is guilty of many of the same things….

          • There’s nothing wrong with addressing other world leaders in whatever proper custom is natural for their culture! When Obama visited the Queen of England… he briefly bowed to her as well, and his wife Michelle curtsied! This is NORMAL behavior when you visit a foreign head of state! To bow, curtsy, shake hands, take pictures, blah, blah, blah.

            In fact, Michelle Obama was sort of made fun of, because she side-hugged the Queen & got personal & affectionate w\her, which is usually out of custom. But most people found it very natural, and to be a very real moment.

            I can assure you, that if you visited the Queen of England, you would probably curtsy or bow yourself! It would be an embarrassment not to, not to mention a sign of disrespect!

            Look, George W Bush has pictures of him circulating online, that show him KISSING a Saudi Official, and there’s another one of him walking side-by-side w\one & holding his hand! (lol) Now THAT’S taking things a bit far, wouldn’t you say?

            It’s not the Democrats who make a big deal out of this stuff! It’s the Republicans who do!

            But then when one of THEM is caught bowing to the “wrong” kind of person… excuses are made?!

            Whatever! (lol)

    1. Wait…. Newt is a phony and a liar? Newt pretends like he’s always been Israel’s friend while he smiled and shook hands with Arafat? It’s possible that Gingrich is somehow ‘dishonest’ about his record? And every single non-partisan fact checking organization has shown Gingrich to be a fat, foul-mouthed, lying crybaby?

      I’m shocked. Truly shocked. (sarcasm intended)

      • If he shook hands with Arafat, he’s no friend of Israel? Why don’t we look at his record and his plan for his Presidency, not which world leaders his skin has touched. Also, what’s your point about “every single non-partisan fact checking organization has shown Gingrich to be a fat, foul-mouthed, lying crybaby”–I haven’t seen any organization comment on Gingrich’s weight, so I’m not sure what his being “fat” or not has to do with anything. Or what that has to do with being President. Ditto for “foul mouthed”. Crybaby? Nope, no fact checking organization has commented on that, either. Maybe PMOinFL needs some fact-checking herself.

    2. What’s the point? Even Yaakov bowed to Esav to TRY to make peace! At the time of this picture there was a faint hope of hope – after that time his chazer feet no longer mattered as everyone knew his pnim was sinas yisroel bli m’tzarim!

    3. Not that I’m a fan of Gingrich, but this photo was taken at the time of the Oslo peace accords, when Rabin also shook Arafat’s hand. Was Gingrich supposed to foresee the failure of the Camp David summit and the second intifada?

    4. Believe me, Mr. Historian Gingrich knew there was no Palestine before 1948 when he shook Arafat’s hand. He also knew there was no Zionist state before 1948 either!! He’s just a politician…….

    5. Newt Newt, good in the home.
      The future is lost for a fool and a stone
      The friend you have above
      Is noone that we love
      And to you Newt I say
      Good slip and good day.

    6. Just a cheap democratic stunt. Rabin also shook arafat’s (yimach shmo v’zichro) hand. Means nothing. Newt spelled his position out wonderfully and the dem’s are running scared. Bye bye (N)obama.

    7. This is just the tip of the iceberg. One or both of his ex-wives will go public with lots more stuff once he emerges as the Republican candidate. Romney might have given Obama a run for the money. Gingrich will make Goldwater look like a “winner” before this is over. FOUR MORE YEARS OF OBAMA. Go Newt!!!

    8. Who gives a frak, The Oslo accord and the 90’s was a different time. If Jews had no problem with Arafat why should we care about Newt.

      Thanks to Yossi Beilin and Shimon Peres many Jews got fooled, bribed, or pushed into the peace process. They all would have shook hands with arafat for the sake of peace, after all they all new the cost arm the arms and withdrawal to the 1948 borders. Some of the outspoken supporters was Riskin (until he found out that Efrat was on the chopping block), Shas, UTJ and the left wing parties.

      Disclaimer: I never supported any land for peace deals including the Sinai.

    9. Ribbono shel olam. Menachem Begin, A”H shook hands all around too. That means he loves them? Chazal say, hilcheta beyadua, l’olam sonay esav l’yassakov. But they also sau, kabdayhu v’shasayhu.
      Begin and Newt followed chazal’s precepts (that Begin at least) certainly knew, and I think Newt knows instintively.

    10. Americans, and the leader of the United States of America should not bow before any royalty…to do so whould be to show we are beneath them. If in the case of the Japenese it is custom but not an act that shows we need to be subservient. The same should apply to his wife. We are not royal subjects of any country.

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