PM lights Hanukkah candles in Jerusalem amidst UN resolution, addresses efforts to delegitimize Jewish state; Hamas political head: We want Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the United Nations anti-Israel conduct during a candle lighting ceremony at the Western Wall on the second night of Hanukkah, addressing not only the recent anti-settlement resolution but also UNESCO’s resolution denying Jewish heritage to Jerusalem.
On December 4 of this year, 6 resolutions were passed against the State of Israel, following two resolutions passed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), both denying Jewish heritage and history to the Temple Mount (Western Wall) and holy sites in Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Netanyahu participated in a candle lighting ceremony at the Kotel (Western Wall) on Sunday night, stating that despite ongoing international efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state, “Israel is strong, and I won’t let us be spit on. We will respond forcefully.”
Netanyahu stated Sunday “I didn’t plan on being here this evening but in light of the U.N. decision I thought there was no better place to light the Hanukkah candle than right here, the Western Wall. According to the U.N. decision, the Maccabees did not liberate Jerusalem, they conquered Palestinian territory. According to the U.N. decision, their villages, from the area of Modiin and its surroundings, were occupied Palestinian territory. Of course, the Palestinians came much later, and I ask those countries who wish us a ‘Happy Hanukkah,’ how could they vote for a U.N. resolution that says the place we now stand and celebrate Hanukkah is occupied territory?”
He went on to state “The Western Wall is not occupied, the Jewish Quarter is not occupied, and the other places are not occupied either. Therefore, we do not and cannot accept this resolution. We are certain of our future, just as we know our past, and for this reason I ask to light a Hanukkah candle for the eternity of Israel.”
Meanwhile, Hamas’s political head openly stated that the terror organization wants all of Jerusalem. Speaking in Turkey, Hamas political head Khaled Meshaal stated that the resolution passed stops Israel from stealing Palestinian land and that “The Palestinian people are looking to the Islamic world and international community in its just battle to do away with the occupation. We want our land without occupation and settlements. We want our land without hostility or raids. We want Jerusalem.”