By Gilad Atzmon
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks was caught off guard during a Radio 4 interview this morning when he accused Iran of being part of the Gaza conflict.
Appearing on the Today programme broadcast he was asked by presenter Evans Davis for his reaction to the situation in Gaza immediately after delivering the daily peaceful ‘Thought for the Day’.
He initially responded: 'I think it's got to do with Iran, actually.' Rabbi Sacks clearly spoke his mind.
But when the Rabbi was told he was live on air, he quickly changed his spots and responded by making a plea for peace saying: "A continued prayer for peace is needed, not only in Gaza but the whole region.'
The Rabbi then continued: '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.'
Rabbi Sacks provides us with a glimpse into the disingenuous nature entangled with Jewish identity politics. There is one official progressive ‘peace seeking line’ for the Goyim to consume, yet, there is also a conspiratorial warmongering view that is constantly dripped via the necessary media channels.
Rabbi Sacks is Chief Rabbi of Britain and the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. Unfortunately, once again we witness an ideological continuum between Israeli militancy and Diaspora Jewish leadership.
Oy Vey indeed.
Update: The BBC has now apologised to Rabbi Sacks, http://www.telegraph.co.uk The BBC should have instead apologised to the rest of us for inviting this chief Israeli Hasbara Rabbi to preach 'spirituality' to the British nation!!!
Gilad Atzmon was born a secular Israeli Jew in Tel Aviv and trained at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. His service as a paramedic in the Israeli Defense Forces during the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon caused him to reach the conclusion that “I was part of a colonial state, the result of plundering and ethnic cleansing.” In 1994 Atzmon emigrated from Israel to London, where he attended the University of Essex and earned a Masters degree in Philosophy. He has lived there since, becoming a British citizen in 2002. Atzmon’s novels have been published in 22 languages. His first novel A Guide to the Perplexed, published in 2001, is set in a future where by 2052 Israel has been replaced by a Palestinian state for 40 years. HIS WORK CAN BE FOUND AT: Gilad Atzmon – Writings