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Gingrich reaffirms support for a Palestinian state
Day after calling Palestinians an "invented" people, Gingrich reaffirms support for statehood
By The Associated Press

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is reaffirming his support for a Palestinian state as part of negotiated peace agreement with Israel, a day after he was criticized for calling the Palestinians an "invented" people in a television interview.

Gingrich has said in the past he is open to supporting Palestinian statehood, as have U.S. presidents from different political parties.

Hours before the first debate in Iowa since surging to the front of the Republican field, Gingrich released a statement saying he supports a negotiated peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, including a Palestinian state.

But in the statement Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond said that "to understand what is being proposed and negotiated you have to understand decades of complex history - which is exactly what Gingrich was referencing."

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