Wolf Blitzer, CNN's lead political anchor and host of "The Situation Room," began his career in 1972 in Tel Aviv as a reporter for Reuters. In October, editor-in-chief Nadine Epstein inter viewed him at Moment's annual luncheon at the Yale Club in New York. What follows is an excerpt from a much longer conversation, which covered fake news, Jonathan Pollard, Middle East peace and the threat posed by North Korea. Read the full interview at momentmag.com/blitzer-2017
Did you imagine that in 2017 we would have white supremacists in the United States chanting things such as "Jews will not replace us?" It was very disturbing to me to hear that chanting going on in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was just an awful feeling. First of all as an American, second of all as an American Jew and then also as a journalist. I'm the son of Holocaust survivors; my parents came to the United States after World War II. Both my mom and dad became such great American patriots when I was growing up in Buffalo, New York, because of the opportunity this country gave them, gave their family. We always had an American flag outside of our house. When I heard that chanting in Charlottesville, I said to myself, you know, I'm sort of glad that my mom and dad aren't here to hear this, especially my dad, because he was such a proud American and he loved this country so much. He came to this country with my mother without any education, without any money, without knowing the language, and then he built a wonderful life in western New York as a successful home builder. And he would always say the same thing: Only in America was this kind of opportunity possible for someone like himself, a refugee who came to this country having survived the Holocaust. So my dad would have been so upset if he had heard that, as all of us were.
Having said all that, I think these are tiny numbers of people, these white supremacists, these neo-Nazis, these KKK types. I am an optimist, I don't think that they're very prevalent, but they make a lot of noise, they make a lot of buzz on social media, they get publicity. It's a very, very disturbing development to see it unfold; it's a sad situation and it is very, very hurtful.
What do you think is the genesis of this new wave of anti-Semitism? There's been anti-Semitism as far back as we can all remember. But it's certainly not what it was a generation ago, or two generations ago. Moment's having this event at the Yale Club. Well, at Yale in the...