Al Jazeera host calls Israel most successful project in 120 years; drama ensues

Faisal al-Qassem’s Arabic tweet garners critical responses, but huge majority responding to poll on his Twitter feed then seem to agree; IDF spokesmen and Netanyahu hail him

A firebrand Arab television host called Israel the most successful project of the 20th and 21st centuries in an Arabic tweet on Saturday, stirring up intense debate about the Jewish state on social media.

“For most Arabs, if they want to curse you, they will describe you as a ‘Zionist,’ even though they know that the most successful project in the current and last century is the Zionist project,” tweeted Faisal al-Qassem, the host of Al Jazeera’s The Opposite Direction, a well-known debate show.

“All of the Arabs’ projects, especially that of Arab nationalism, failed. So… before you use the term ‘Zionist’ as a curse, you must first come somewhat closer to what Zionism has accomplished and then we will talk,” he also said.

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