Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used the traditional Hanukkah festival candle lighting on Sunday to reiterate the Jewish people’s right to the historic Land of Israel in the face of the latest United Nations resolution, and he pointed to the history of Hanukkah as proof. “According to the U.N. resolution, the Maccabees [revolutionaries of Hanukkah history] did not liberate Jerusalem, they occupied Palestinian territory,” said Netanyahu in comments released by his office, also mentioning the Maccabee home village in Modi’in as another such example.
“Of course the Palestinians arrived much later. We were in these places,” he continued. “We will return to these places and I ask those same countries that wish us a Happy Hanukkah how they could vote for a U.N. resolution which says that this place, in which we are now celebrating Hanukkah, is occupied territory.” … Continue Reading