During the interview with MK Ahmed Tibi, his mobile telephone rang. Javier Solana, the European Union's foreign minister, was on the line. Tibi spent a great deal of effort in trying to persuade him not to meet, a short while later, with MK Avigdor Lieberman.
"He is anti-Arab. He is a dangerous politician. You must not meet him, certainly not before he has been officially appointed as a cabinet minister," he almost begged.
Solana ignored Tibi's request, and a few minutes later met the minister-to-be from Yisrael Beiteinu at the Knesset.