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?"
"Its important to choose a strategy that doesn't end up diverting attention from the issue.. the other side wants nothing more than to divert attention from what the record shows, what the human rights record shows, what the UN record and so forth - they don't want to talk about that because once they start talking about that they loose. They'd rather talk about anti-Semitism, the Nazi holocaust - anything accept Israel and Palestine. With that in mind you have to be careful that you don't embark on a tactic which is going to end up diverting people from Israel-Palestine.. You don't' want to choose grey areas, you always want to choose black and white areas where there is no room for discussion, where there is no room for debate. This is black and white: World Court decision [wall and settlements illegal] 14 to 1. Human rights issues - Amnesty says Israel tortures, Human Rights Watch says Israel tortures, B'Tselem says Israel tortures, everyone says it - its black and white. And the other side has to end up with some ridiculous proposition as Professor Dershowitz put it 'they're all lying'."