Sunday, 25 December 2016

PM Netanyahu Lights the 2nd Candle of Chanukah

PM Benjamin Netanyahu Lights the Chanukah at the Kotel (Western Wall) *

You can turn on the annotations and switch from Hebrew to English. Here is a very rough translation. I apologize for any mistakes...

I did not plan to be here tonight, but in light of the UN resolution, I do not believe there is a better place to light a candle of Chanukah than this place, the Western Wall. According to the UN Resolution, the Maccabees liberated Jerusalem but occupied "Palestinian" territory. According to the UN Resolution, they left them in Modi'in and its surrounding villages. These villages and regions were "occupied Palestinian territory". Of course, the Palestinians came much later**

We were in these places, we go back to these places. I ask those countries that bless us this day for a Happy Chanukah, "How could they vote for the UN Resolution that says this place where we celebrate Chanukah is occupied territory?" The Wall is not occupied, the Jewish Quarter is not occupied, and other places are also not occupied. Therefore we do not accept, nor can we accept the decision. We are also confident in our future as we know our past. I would like here and now to light a candle of Chanukah on behalf of Israel,  forever. Happy Hanukah!
** Arabs did not call themselves Palestinians until Arafat came along after the 1967 war. Prior to this Jews and Arabs lived in the "British Mandate of Palestine", and in fact, Arabs would get upset if they were call "Palestinians" (tab)

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