Washington, DC -- In a press release on Hearst's website, Helen Thomas has announced her retirement effective immediately. The release cites her controversial comments about Israel and Palestinians that were captured on video.
On the May 27 video, Thomas says Israelis should "get the hell out of Palestine," suggesting they go to Germany, Poland or the U.S.
Thomas wrote on her website that "I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians."
She added: "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."
This August 4th will mark Thomas' 90th birthday.
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