Al-Jazeera Editor-in-Chief

A fascinating Q&A with the Editor-in-Chief of Al-Jazeera, Ahmed Sheikh:

Q: Do you mean to say that if Israel did not exist, there would suddenly be democracy in , that the schools in Morocco would be better, that the public clinics in would function better?

A: think so.

Q: Can you please explain to me what the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has to do with these problems?

A: The Palestinian cause is central for Arab thinking.

Q: In the end, is it a matter of feelings of self-esteem?

A: Exactly. It’s because we always lose to Israel. It gnaws at the people in the Middle East that such a small country as Israel, with only about 7 million inhabitants, can defeat the Arab nation with its 350 million. That hurts our collective ego.

Hat Tip: Tim Blair

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