Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.
Remember these people [Palestinians] are occupied, and its there land..
reply to question "Any comments on Israel?" during the flotilla massacre.
Helen Thomas quit the job on Monday, a week after saying during the Jewish Heritage Celebration, "Tell them (Israelis) to get the hell out of Palestine," AFP reported.
"Remember these people are occupied and it's their land, not German and not Poland," she said. "They can go home, Poland, Germany, and America and everywhere else."
However, the 89-year-old veteran reporter later posted an apology on her website.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Monday that the remarks were "offensive and reprehensible."
Darrell West, vice president and director of Governance Studies at Brookings Institution, said that Thomas made the mistake of saying something publicly against Israel in the US, where Israel carries favor.
"Washington is not a very forgiving town. Even if it is one short statement that people don't like. ... You can lose jobs over that. You can lose your social cache," he told Press TV.
She worked as a correspondent for United Press International (UPI) for 57 years from 1943 to 2000.
She then joined Hearst Newspapers as a columnist, covering national affairs and the White House.
Ms. Thomas was the first female officer of the National Press Club, the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents Association, and, in 1975, the first female member of the Gridiron Club.
Helen Thomas has been a fixture at White House press conferences for decades and was often allowed to ask the first question.
Clips featuring Helen Thomas in action
Question to President Obama:
"Mr President, do you know of any country in the Middle-East that has nuclear weapons?"
"[Deportation at the airport] We saw the injured [Turkish] men going through.. a lot had a leg cut out of their trousers or an arm cut out of their top. It had been cut out to treat their wounds.. they were covered in blood, blood that had been there for three days, and some of them had wounds that were still bleeding.. What upset me most was seeing the dozen men, one after another, hobbling across the terminal, with a bandaged foot. I couldn't ask them why so many of them had a bandaged foot, I couldn't ask them what had happened, because if they spoke or if any of us spoke to them the Israelis beat the injured person.. We later found out that they had these injuries on the tops of their feet from when the troops came down from the helicopter on the Mavi Marmara, and they came down firing - they had been shot from above. Some of the men that were killed were shot at close range - head and chest, but a dozen of the men who were shot, among 59 people who were shot, they were shot at the tops of their feet - the bullets were coming down.. They weren't given a wheelchair or a pair of crutches, and if any of the other passengers stood up and tried to offer [help].. that person was dragged away and smacked by these Israelis. The Israeli soldiers sat on the floor, laughed and sniggered and made every one of these Turkish men hobble and hop all the way across, some 200 metres, everyone of them, one by one, made to do that purely for the sick amusement of the Israeli soldiers."