Newt Gingrich has been stirring trouble lately by describing the Palestinians as “an invented people,” as he plays for the hearts of the GOP base.
However, as per the HuffPo’s Sam Stein, the current GOP frontrunner hasn’t always been so down on the Palestinians. Stein has posted a picture that appears to show the former House Speaker shaking hands with the late leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Yasser Arafat. Click here to see that.
A third figure snapped in the picture has been identified, and confirms the meeting took place following the Oslo Peace Accords in September, 1993. The anonymous source who provided the picture to Sam Stein describes the Gingrich/ Arafat meeting as follows:
Jotting notes down in a yellow pad, Gingrich used the meeting to pitch Arafat on how best to actually construct a Palestinian state. "He said, 'Look, here is what I think you need -- an economic plan – and here is how it will work,'" the operative recalled. "It was a very positive contribution at the time and as they stood up, there were pictures."