Call it shameless nerve. Call it bravado. Former White House reporter Helen Thomas has crawled out of her hole and gave an interview to Scott Spears of WMRN-AM radio. During a 35-minute interview, Thomas said “I hit the third rail. You cannot criticize Israel in this country and survive.” Helen Thomas was let go from her job as White House correspondent in June after video of her calling on Jews to “get the hell out of Palestine”. Condemned by all, including President Obama, Thomas said that Obama’s remarks about her were “reprehensible”. Thomas also commented on Sarah Palin, saying that if she were elected it would be a “national tragedy”.

U.S. President Barack Obama puts his arm around Hearst White House columnist Helen Thomas after presenting her with cupcakes in honor of her birthday in the James Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, in this August 4, 2009 file photo. Thomas, under fire for controversial comments she made about Israel and Palestinians, announced her retirement on June 7, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MEDIA)

On May 27, Jewish Heritage Day, Helen Thomas was approached by Rabbi David Nesenoff who runs a website, rabbilive.com. He asked her outside the White House if she had any comments about Israel? Thomas replied on camera “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.” She added “Remember, these people are occupied and it’s not their land. It’s not Germany, it’s not Poland.” Nesenhoff asked Thomas where should the Jews go? She answered “They should go home.” He then asked her “Where’s home?” Thomas answered “Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else.”

During the radio interview on WMRN-AM, Scott Spears questioned Helen Thomas on her remarks. She defended her comments saying “I was not talking about Auschwitz or anything else.” She adds, “They distorted my remarks, which they obviously have to do for their own propaganda purposes, otherwise people might wonder why they continue to take Palestinian land.”

Shortly after the video of her remarks about Israel spread on the Internet and in the national media, Helen Thomas, 90, was let go by the Hearst News Service. A firestorm erupted nationwide over her anti-Semitic comments and she lost her seat in the White House Press Room where she had reigned covering 10 presidents since Eisenhower.

Appearing on the ‘Today Show’ after the incident, President Obama was asked about the comments made by Helen Thomas about Israel and calling on Jews to leave Palestine. He said they were “offensive and out of line”. Thomas tells Scott Spears of WMRN-AM what she thought of Obama’s remarks. “I think he was very unfair”, and Thomas said Obama was “reprehensible”. As they say, even a stopped clock is right twice a day, and Obama was certainly correct in saying that Helen Thomas was “offensive”. Thomas also commented on Sarah Palin, saying that if she were elected it would be a “national tragedy”.

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 04:  U.S. President Barack Obama (R) kisses White House veteran correspondent Helen Thomas (L) as he brings surprise birthday cupcakes to celebrate her birthday in the White House briefing room August 4, 2009 in Washington, DC. August 4 is also the birthday of President Obama.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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