Speaking of the controversial comments in an interview with CNN’s Joy Behar on Thursday, Thomas said she did not regret her comments, saying that the Jews did not have to go anywhere after the Holocaust.

“There hasn’t been persecution since that, since World War II. You don’t take other people’s land,” Thomas said in reference to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

When Behar asked Thomas if she realized that her comment regarding sending the Jews back to Poland and Germany were insensitive in view of the past the Jews share with those countries, the former correspondent said: “I also said Russia.”

“Well Russia, they had their share of anti-Semitic pogroms,” the CNN interviewer said, to which Thomas answered: “They also had 25 million who died in World War II…. More than that.”