UK’s Chief Rabbi on Israel-Hamas Conflict: “I Think It’s Got to do With Iran, Actually”

November 16, 2012 1:55 pm 3 comments

UK Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

The BBC was forced to apologize to the UK’s Chief Rabbi after he was caught off-guard by a TV presenter’s question on the current situation in Israel and Gaza.

Lord Sacks was appearing in a scripted segment on the Today program when, after its conclusion, Presenter Evan Davis  decided to ad-lib a bit, asking the Rabbi what he thought of the current escalation between Israel and Hamas. The Rabbi sighed and responded:“I think it’s got to do with Iran, actually.”

Today presenter Sarah Montague interrupted Lord Sacks to tell him, “We’re live” before Davis added: “Yes, we’re live on air. Any thoughts?”

Lord Sacks, clearly flustered, then issued a plea for “a continued prayer for peace not only in Gaza but the whole region”.

He added: “No one gains from violence – not the Palestinians, not the Israelis. This is an issue where we must all pray for peace and work for it.”

The Chief Rabbi’s office declined to comment following a request from The Algemeiner. On his website, the Rabbi yesterday posted this statement: “In the past week alone over 275 rockets have been fired into southern Israel from Gaza. No nation on earth can be expected to live under this constant threat to innocent life. The people of Israel are entitled, as is any other nation, to live in peace and safety. We mourn with all the bereaved families, and pray for an end to the hostilities from which both sides suffer.”

3 Comments

  • Irwin Graulich

    Rabbi Sacks is very wrong, as he often is. He said that “No one gains from violence…” That statement is not only foolish, but against the Torah. Do you know who gained from violence? All the rest of European Jewry who survived Hitler and the Nazis after The Holocaust. If not for the violence perpetrated by the Allies on the Nazis, all of world Jewry would have been murdered and destroyed.

    This is what the meshuganah ideas of a Chief Rabbi leads to, when he does not comprehend the consequences of his rhetoric. No wonder our Founding Fathers couldn’t wait to leave England!!! Their thinking and culture has led them to have Islamic radical terrorists let out of jail and living comfortably among the population.

    Chief Rabbi–my tuchess!!!

  • The Chief Rabbi of Britain is presenting exactly what britain is expected from him. The truth is that Gaza’s citizens are not innocents they vote for the Chamas program to bomb staedil Israel. The rsult from moral point of view is that thes dtrip of land is a Nazi entity and it should be vanished as Nazi entity.

  • Lawrence Kulak

    The Rabbi is entirely correct. Iran and Hezbollah are testing Obama after his election to a second term and are also testing Israeli resolve in the wake of the Obama victory. Iran wants to know how much it has to yield to Obama on its nukes and that will depend on how strong Israel’s relationship to the US is. The test fortunately is going our way, but now Israel must re-classify Gaza as an Iranian outpost and deal with it as such.

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