Friday, January 11, 2008
Chief rabbi thanks Bush for 'war against Iraq'In March 2006, Rabbi Metzger, an Israeli government official, addressed the Second World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace . According to the BBC: "When the Rabbi Metzger harangued mainstream Muslims for not standing up to Osama bin Laden, Islamic leaders nodded in agreement." What is wrong with these people?
Matthew Wagner, THE JERUSALEM POST
During a short verbal exchange Wednesday at the Ben-Gurion Airport Terminal, Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger thanked President George W. Bush for the US's military intervention in Iraq.
"I want to thank you for your support of Israel and in particular for waging a war against Iraq," Metzger told Bush, according to the chief rabbi's spokesman.
Bush reportedly answered that the chief rabbi's words "warmed his heart."
Metzger's stand on the Iraqi war, while reflecting the Israeli majority and Orthodox Jewry, is not shared with most US Jews. The American Jewish Committee's annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion, published last year, found that 70 percent of US Jews disapprove of the Iraq war, with 28% backing it.
In a related story, Metzger was chosen as one of the 12 most influential religious figures in the world for a CBS documentary called In God's Name that appeared at the end of December.
Newsweek also devoted a story to the documentary complete with pictures of Metzger and the other religious leaders.
Metzger was chosen along with figures such as the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams and heads of the Sikh and Muslim religions.
In the Orwellian mindset of Judaism's culture of death, Metzger truly is a rabbi-for-peace. Peace for Jews means submission or the peace of the grave for the goyim. Later in 2006, when Israel turned Lebanon into a "free-fire zone," killing hundreds of civilians, Metzger had a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate his rabbi-for-peace bona fides. Instead, on August 1st he issued the following decree on fasting by Israeli soldiers:
Due to the combat situation our fighters are under in the front, we rule that all soldiers involved in combat are exempt from suffering on the day of Tisha B'Av, since the suffering harms combat ability and can endanger their lives. They must therefore eat and drink as much as they need so that they be maximally fit to carry out the holy missions placed upon them, to fight and win.You got that? Fighting and winning in their attack on Lebanon were "holy missions." In September, less than three weeks after the pummelling of Lebanon, at "an interfaith meeting in Kazakhstan" Metzger "called on Islamic leaders to help free three Israel Defense Forces soldiers kidnapped by Palestinian militants and Hezbollah guerillas."
Metzger removed from his pocket a piece of paper imprinted with three photographs. "I present to you a picture of three people who were kidnapped for no wrong of their own," he told participants at the interfaith conference in the capital of Kazakhstan. "They had not come to kill anyone, and were kidnapped only because they are residents of my country.In 2004, Metzger composed a prayer to be recited in synagogues around the world praying for the release of convicted American spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard not because he was innocent or wrongfully convicted but because he was a hero "who did so much on behalf of the Nation which dwells in Zion". Last February, when Muslims protested Israeli construction on al-Haram al-Sharif, Metzger supported the continuation of the work: "The Temple Mount belongs to the Jews; it is forbidden to give in," he said.
On the subject of the above-mentioned poll, see "American Jews on War and Peace: What Do the Polls Tell Us and Not Tell Us?" by James Petras.