Miko Peled responds to interview
I have given this some thought and here is what I think about the interview:
Patrick and Chuck were clearly ill prepared to speak on the topic of Israel/Palestine. One would hope that two seasoned interviewers would show respect to their guest and learn about the subject matter so that some common ground for the conversation could be established. But this was not the case. Instead the interview and particularly the questions asked by Chuck, were given a hostile and patronizing tone, clearly in an attempt to hide the lack of knowledge on the subject matter. One example that persistently came up is the issue of the population within Israel/Palestine. Without knowing how many people live in the country one cannot form an opinion, and as is often done by people who try to mask their ignorance with demagoguery, the claim was made that this is not important, that my data was not real but invented, and I believe Chuck closed the issue by saying: “I don’t care.”
The issue of Israel and Palestine is far too important and there is no room for amateurs to dabble with it as though they were experts. Real innocent lives are at stake. Real opportunities can be seized or missed based on one’s intentions. I cannot speak for their intentions, but clearly the interview has shown both hosts to be amateurs.
But that was not the end of it. Once the interview was over and I was of the “air” Patrick and Chuck went on to talk about me, at one point calling me a traitor and at another a naive visionary. Once again the weakness of the interviewers was exposed when instead of admitting they were ill prepared, indeed out of their depth, they went on to slander my name, claim that I receive money from the “enemies of Israel” a nebulous term if ever there was one, and that my father must be turning in his grave for hearing what I have to say. Yet not a single note of intelligent conversation on the issue of Israel/ Palestine was uttered.
In closing, it is shameful to treat this issue with such disrespect and it is worse to treat a guest with such disrespect. The claims of treachery and blood money ought to have been made to to me directly. One may hope that something positive does come out of this experience, though I cannot see what it might be.