The BBC web site recently reported a troubling time for Lord Sachs, Chief Rabbi as follows
Lord Sacks had just completed one of his regular “Thought for the Day” broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 when he was asked by the Today programme presenter, Evan Davis, if he had “any thoughts” on the clashes in the Middle East. The Orthodox Jewish leader paused and sighed audibly, before suggesting that Iran was the real issue behind the crisis. Mr Davis’s informal style has won plaudits for BBC radio’s flagship news programme since he joined the presenting team. He frequently makes unscripted interjections – usually after another presenter has finished interviewing a guest – and asks the interviewee for a view on an unexpected subject, before moving to the next item. However this approach appeared momentarily to confuse the Chief Rabbi today. Mr Davis said: “Jonathan, before you go, you know, any thoughts on what’s going on over in Israel and Gaza at the moment?” Lord Sacks sighed, before replying: “I think it has got to do with Iran, actually.” Mr Davis’s co-presenter, Sarah Montague, was clearly concerned that Lord Sacks did not seem to know his remarks were still being broadcast and could be heard to whisper: “We, we’re live.” Lord Sacks then swiftly adopted a more formal broadcasting manner and suggested the crisis demanded “a continued prayer for peace, not only in Gaza but for the whole region”. No-one gains from violence. Not the Palestinians, not the Israelis. This is an issue here where we must all pray for peace and work for it,” he said.
I have an answer that Lord Sachs might have considered. He might have referred to a prayerful discussion between a senior cleric of an undisclosed religion and God. The cleric asked his God if there would ever be peace in the Holy Land. There was a long pause before God replied “Yes …….. but not in my lifetime.”