Helen Thomas should have known better. For all her accumulation of worldly knowledge as a professional journalist, she has revealed her apparent ignorance of the truth regarding the history of the Jewish people and Israel.
First of all, there is no such country called Palestine, so how can the Jews "get out of it?" Palestine is a region of the Near East. It's name comes from the Romans, after they expelled the Jews from Jerusalem in 70A.D. The name Palestine, is derived from the similar word, Palestina, and translates to mean, "land of the Philistine."
Second, the area of land encompassed within the modern day nation of Israel is relatively small compared to the original dimensions of land bequeathed to the Jewish people by Jehovah God in the Holy Bible. Since 1948, the enemies of Israel have been slowly and tenaciously surrounding the ancient Jewish lands of Judea and Samaria, an area of the world that is often referred to in the news media as "the occupied West Bank" of the Jordan River.
God has never forsaken His eternal land covenant with the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. To explain the meaning of this covenant relationship more simply, imagine for a moment that you are a parent of a teen-aged son or daughter who has reached the age to drive a car. You purchase the car for your son or daughter and put the title in their name. You clearly inform your child that the car is theirs to own, however, if he or she is stopped for speeding or some other traffic offense, you as the parent, have the right to take the car away from them. So, your kid is out there joy-riding one day and is pulled over by the police. He or she gets a ticket for speeding or reckless driving or both, and so you take the car away from them. However, because the car is in their name, your child is still the rightful owner.
Israel committed spiritual adultery against God many times by turning their backs on Him to bow down before pagan idols and fornicate with heathen cultures. As a result, they no longer had the protection God provided them from their enemies. God allowed this to happen because unlike the other creatures with whom we share the earth, He gave human beings a free will. However, when Israel repented for her sins against Him, the Lord was full of compassion and mercy for His beloved children. And despite the fact that they would keep rebelling against Him, God loves the Jewish people and His eternal covenant with them stands to this present day.