Gingrich defends comments on Palestinians

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Posted: Dec 10, 2011 10:36 PM
Gingrich defends comments on Palestinians

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich says he is being factually accurate when he calls the Palestinians an "invented" people and says they are the creation of anti-Israel propaganda.

Gingrich's chief rival for the presidential nomination, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, says the former House speaker has made a mistake in the description and has made it more difficult for Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate toward peace.

In remarks Saturday night at a candidate debate, Romney said the United States should allow both sides to talk without signaling a preference.

Gingrich responded to the criticism by saying he is speaking as a historian but adds that it's time for a candidate to stand up and call Palestinian leaders "terrorists."