UK Chief Rabbi caught peddling Israeli propaganda

Jonathan Sacks

By Gilad Atzmon

Britain’s chief rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, was caught off guard during an interview on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” programme on 16 November when he accused Iran of being part of the Gaza conflict.

After making his contribution to a regular slot in the programme called “Thought for the Day” – described by the BBC as a “unique reflection from a faith perspective on topical issues and news events” – he was asked by the presenter, Evans Davis, for his view on the situation in Gaza.

His reply? “I think it’s got to do with Iran, actually.”

Rabbi Sacks clearly spoke his mind. But when he was told he was live on air, he quickly changed tack and made a plea for peace, saying: “A continued prayer for peace is needed, 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.” You can listen to him here.

Rabbi Sacks gave us a glimpse into the disingenuous nature of Jewish identity politics. There is one official progressive “peace-seeking line” for the gentiles to consume, but also a conspiratorial, warmongering view that is constantly dripped via the media.

Jonathan Sacks is the chief rabbi of Britain and the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. His unguarded comments on BBC radio illustrate once again the ideological links between Israeli militancy and the diaspora Jewish leadership.

Oy Vey indeed.

Sadly, the BBC has now apologised to Rabbi Sacks. The BBC should have instead apologised to the rest of us for inviting this chief Israeli propagandist to preach “spirituality” to the British nation.

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