December 11, 2011
Gingrich made the comments in a conference call organized by the National Council Young Israel posted on YouTube by the website The Yeshiva World News, in response to a question about whether he had been in favor of the prisoner exchange:
The comments can be heard at 19:51 in the YouTube recording of Gingrich’s interview.
Gingrich provided no evidence for his claim about the Palestinians being involved in killing Americans. Since the 1990s, the CIA has worked closely and openly with the Palestinian Authority both under the administrations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. But the CIA’s role has been to assist the Palestinian Authority to collaborate more effectively with Israel, rather than to carry out extrajudicial executions of Palestinians.
It is unknown how Israel would view the United States carrying out assassinations within territory it controls.
Support for settlements
In the interview, Gingrich also stated that he had no problem with Israel building settlements on occupied Palestinian land.
ARLINGTON, Va. — The security firm once known as Blackwater is changing its name again — this time from Xe (ZEE) Services to Academi — a move it hopes will reflect the changes the company has undergone.
The company has changed significantly in the last year. A new investor group, USTC Holdings, bought the company in December 2010. The former chief executive, Erik Prince, who aggressively defended Blackwater from accusations that its employees were trigger happy, has left the company. And earlier this year, it relocated its headquarters from North Carolina to northern Virginia, where a large number of security contractors are based.