Veteran British MP Tam Dalyell, the Father of the House of Commons, sparked outrage of the Jewish figures Saturday, May 3, by accusing British Prime Minister Tony Blair of "being unduly influenced by a cabal of Jewish advisers."
"I am fully aware that one is treading on cut glass on this issue and no one wants to be accused of anti-Semitism but, if it is a question of launching an assault on Syria or Iran . . . then one has to be candid," the MP for Linlithgow told The Telegraph.
He added: "I am not going to be labeled anti-Semitic. My children worked on a kibbutz. But the time has come for candor."
The Prime Minister, Dalyell said, was also influenced by Jewish people in the Bush administration, including Richard Perle, a Pentagon adviser, Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy defense secretary, and Ari Fleischer, the President's press secretary.
"They very much have captured the ear of the President of the United States. I said I thought that Blair was very sympathetic to them. I cannot understand why," Dalyell said.
Dalyell's statements, in effect, caused fury Saturday night.