Thomas apologized for the remarks, saying they did not reflect her "heartfelt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon."
She resigned her tenure at the White House a week later, spending her final years writing for smaller publications.
Although her White House career ended in controversy, Thomas will be remembered as a pioneer to aspiring journalists.
"Pushy? Yes," Veteran ABC correspondent Sam Donaldson once said of his old colleague. "Helen is pushy and I use that as a badge of honor."