Chief Rabbi's open thought
by: Ben Simons - Last updated: 2012-11-16
The BBC has apologised to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks after he made comments without knowing his microphone was switched on.
Following his Thought for the Day on Radio 4, presenter Evan Davis asked if Lord Sacks had "any thoughts" on the current situation in the Middle East to which the Chief Rabbi said: "I think it’s got to do with Iran, actually"
When co-presenter Sarah Montague whispered "we're live" and Davis added "we're live on air", Lord Sacks said there was a need for “a continued prayer for peace, not only in Gaza but for the whole region”.
He added: "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".
In a statement, the BBC said: "The Chief Rabbi hadn’t realised he was still on-air and as soon as this became apparent, we interjected. Evan likes to be spontaneous with guests but he accepts that in this case it was inappropriate and he has apologised to Lord Sacks. The BBC would reiterate that apology.”