I always enjoy hearing or reading what Gilad Atzmon has to say regarding Israel, Palestine and the Jews. Himself a Jew, at least by birth (i don't recall if he practices Judaism), and a world renowned musician, Gilad is very intelligent and very educated regarding Jewish history and identity politics. In this article, When the Jewish God is reduced to an arsonist, he opens with the following:
We learned last on 17 April that Shlomo Aviner, a prominent Zionist rabbi and Yeshiva [Orthodox Jewish seminary] leader, suggested the fire that gutted Notre-Dame may have been divine retribution for the burning of Jewish manuscripts in 1242.
In the eyes of His followers, the Jewish almighty is an elastic substance. He morphs occasionally to fit with the needs of His favourite sons and daughters. Early Zionists, for instance, demoted God into an estate agent as they reduced the Torah into a title deed. The early Zionists were secular Jews; they didn’t believe in God but were happy to expel the indigenous Palestinians in His name and on His behalf. But Rabbi Aviner takes us one step further. He made the Jewish God into a lazy but vengeful arsonist. The rabbi practically makes the Jewish God into a church burner who takes eight centuries to hit back.