Dr. Mendel, following the attempts of Minister Miri Regev to control the Eurovision Song Contest: "I am appalled by the attitude of the establishment towards the Arabic language. This indicates a great schizophrenic gap between us and the region in which we live. Our call should be quite to the contrary: to speak more Arabic."
The interview can be heard from minutes 20:00 to 27:00.
For the interview (in Hebrew): https://www.kan.org.il/radio/player.aspx?ItemId=37799