On the second night of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah – which was also the evening of Christmas Day – a defiant Benjamin Netanyahu chose to participate in the Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism. The Prime Minister’s anger at and contempt for the latest anti-Israel resolution from the U.N., which passed last Friday for lack of a U.S. veto, was clear:
I ask those same countries that wish us a Happy Hanukkah how they could vote for a UN resolution which says that this place, in which we are now celebrating Hanukkah, is occupied territory.
The Western Wall is not occupied. The Jewish Quarter is not occupied. The other places are not occupied either. Therefore, we do not accept, nor can we accept, this resolution.