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WASHINGTON (AP) The Obama administration is criticizing controversial remarks about Israel by veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas.

On Monday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked at his daily briefing about President Barack Obama's view on Thomas' remarks. Gibbs called them "offensive and reprehensible."

Thomas, a columnist for Hearst Newspapers, has apologized for comments captured on video by an interviewer for the website www.rabbilive.com. On the May 27 video, Thomas says Israelis should "get the hell out of Palestine," suggesting they go to Germany, Poland or the U.S.

Gibbs said Thomas' remarks "do not reflect certainly the opinion of most of the people here and certainly not of the administration."

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