Wieseltier concluded …

Criticism of Israeli policy, and sympathy for the Palestinians, and support for a two-state solution, do not require, as their condition or their corollary, this intellectual shabbiness, this venomous hostility toward Israel and Jews.

I would have changed the phrase “Israel and Jews” in the final section of Wieseltier’s article, to something like “Israel and those Jews who do not agree with you on how to go about achieving peace.” By itself, “venomous hostility toward […] Jews” could imply way too much, especially if we disregard the previous four sections of Wieseltier’s piece.

I have striven for Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation, and territorial compromise, and two states, for many decades now, but Sullivan’s variety of such right thinking is completely repugnant to me. There are decent and indecent ways to advocate change. About the Jews, is Sullivan a bigot, or is he just moronically insensitive?

Is Wieseltier precluding the possibility that Sullivan is “deliberately insensitive,” a provocateur? I mean someone who, without ever becoming a flat-out anti-Zionist, is sort of getting off on (a) danger-seeking or being transgressive, (b) venting his resentment for the huge time that may be needed to ameliorate Muslim rejectionism, and (c) abusing one of neocons’ pet causes.

To me, he looks increasingly like the Buchanan of the left.

Maybe that effectively means “deliberately insensitive.”

Sullivan is not really on the Left though … He’s tactically on our side in a lot of current issues. Also, I’m sure his identification with Obama supporters is a long, hip vacation for him. I mean, before this the guy had actually supported Bob Dole, which doesn’t seem very hip.

[…] Of course, it is impossible to know what is in a man’s heart; but on the basis of what Sullivan has written, I would urge him to search his heart. Such a reckoning would involve more than the “my bad” efficiency of internet introspection. I do not expect to see it. If explaining the Trinity to readers of The New Republic is not easy, imagine how hard it will be to explain all this.

Maybe pretty hard, since he’s already attempting to send his blog posts back in time

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