"I can't imagine any venture requiring trust with Arabs turning out especially well. That is, you will say my prejudice, but some prejudices are built on real facts, and history generally proves me right. Go ahead, prove me wrong," he dares.
"Muslim life is cheap, most notably to Muslims. And among those Muslims led by the Imam Rauf (leader of those seeking to create the Muslim religious center near ground zero) there is hardly one who has raised a fuss about the routine and random bloodshed that defines their brotherhood."
"So yes, I wonder whether I need honor these people and pretend that they are worthy of the privileges of the First Amendment which I have in my gut the sense that they will abuse."
Working for Peretz requires accepting his racism. Wieseltier had no problem doing so. His views remain hardline. He's a million dollars richer for them.
Dan David's Prize board called him :
"a foremost writer and thinker who confronts and engages with the central issues of our times, setting the standard for serious cultural discussion in the United States."
His latest column shows why Dan David approves. On February 15, he headlined "Good Fences, Bad Neighbors: Israel and the Palestinians."
He claimed walls make Israel safer. "Since threats encircle Israel, the barriers encircle Israel." They do so for protection, he says. "Their efficacy from the standpoint of security cannot be denied."
Saying so doesn't wash. Security never was at issue. Land theft and ethnic cleansing alone matter.
Wieseltier supports neoconservative extremism. He's ideologically reactionary and hardline.
He supports Israel's worst crimes. He suppresses information exposing them. He once called TNR "cops" policing beltway discourse on Israel. He features invectives against Israeli critics.
" Orientalism " is one of Edward Said's most important books. Wieseltier called it "little more than the abject canards of Arab propaganda."
He says Palestinians aren't willing "to recognize the historical grandeur of compromise." He "yearns for serious Palestinian diplomacy." He blames them for Israeli crimes.
He defends US imperialism. He belonged to the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq. It prioritized destroying the cradle of civilization.
He's a former Project for the New American Century member. Uber-hawks infested it.