Netanyahu: World Leaders Who Wished Us Happy Hanukkah After Backing ‘Shameful’ UN Resolution Don’t Understand Holiday’s Meaning
World leaders who issued Hanukkah greetings after backing the “shameful” anti-settlement UN Security Council resolution last week do not understand the holiday’s meaning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Sunday.
The point of Hanukkah, Netanyahu said in a message posted on his Facebook page, is to “remember the victory of the Hasmoneans in a revolt against the Greeks, culminating with the miracle of the oil and the rededication of the Temple.”
“The battles that took place as part of the revolt happened right here, on both sides of the ‘Green Line,’ in the hills of Modi’in,” the prime minister noted. “The Hasmoneans purified the Temple and lit the menorah on the Temple Mount, which the same countries that supported the UN decision decided to call ‘occupied Palestinian territory.’”