02/25/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Reporters' Role As Despised Chorus In Arab-Israeli Conflict

Faisal Husseini, a Palestinian leader who died at the start of this decade, used to tell a story about his first visit to Israel. The 1967 war had just ended, borders were suddenly opened and he took a drive to Tel Aviv, where at some point he found himself detained by an Israeli policeman. Questions and answers ensued. At one point the policeman said to him, "As a proud Zionist, I must tell you ...." At which Mr. Husseini burst out laughing.

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