Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian-American writer Magdi Khalil, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on June 15, 2010:
Magdi Khalil: Whenever there is an incident, Israel does “damage control.” This is part of the Israeli defense tactics. These are successful people, not like Ahmadinejad, who said that Security Council Resolution 1929 should be thrown into the garbage bin. They deal with things seriously. These people know the meaning of world public opinion.
My colleague said that Israel is supported by Western imperialism and by the U.S. If so, Israel will collapse when Western civilization collapses.
Lebanese journalist Ghaleb Qandil: He is one of the Arab apologists who lives off the Israeli illusion.
Magdi Khalil: Shut up a little. We don’t want your fuss.
Ghaleb Qandil: Use appropriate language, you...
Faysal Al-Qassem, host: Please, no interruptions. Go ahead, sir.
Magdi Khalil: Please do not interrupt me.
I do not support soldiers confronting civilians. In such a case, I support the civilians. The Turkish ship, however, was organized by a known terrorist organization, which has appeared on the terror list since 1997. The IHH is a terrorist organization. It was foolish of the Israeli defense minister to believe the Turkish prime minister, who said that these were peaceful people. The Turkish prime minister is an Islamist and should not be trusted to begin with. Just like Time magazine said, Turkey will turn into another Iran within a decade. Therefore...
Ghaleb Qandil: This is Zionist talk using Arabic words.
Magdi Khalil: The Islamists, along with the leftist anarchists in the West and some neo-Nazis, have renewed the hostility towards Israel and the West. By the way, the leftist anarchists in Europe are hostile towards their own countries. They are hostile towards the West, the U.S., and Europe. Not only Israel.
Since 1948, Arab discourse has done nothing but fuel illusions and hatred. Arab discourse must deal with reality. Israel was born to live...
Ghaleb Qandil: You are giving Israeli advice to the Arabs...
Magdi Khalil: Arab discourse must be realistic. The number of people killed in Arab police stations...
TV host Faysal Al-Qassem: I thank you very much... I thank you very much. I’d like to give you more time, but the show is over...
Magdi Khalil: The number is much higher than those who were killed in the Israeli-Arab wars.
Faysal Al-Qassem: I thank you very much for this Israeli advice to the Arabs.