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Rabbi Presiding Over National Menorah Lighting Slams Obama UN Move

The rabbi in charge of the National Hanukkah Menorah lighting used the ceremony, held Sunday just steps from the White House, to criticize the Obama administration’s decision to allow the United Nations to pass a resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and portions of Jerusalem as illegal, the Washington Examiner reported.

Rabbi Levi Shemtov, executive vice president of American Friends of Lubavitch, turned an Obama administration official’s speech about “fighting darkness with light” on its head, evoking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who has had an antagonistic relationship with President Obama — and urging Jews not to despair about the “darkness” cast by the United Nations vote.

7 Responses to Rabbi Presiding Over National Menorah Lighting Slams Obama UN Move

  1. With only a few exceptions, the commenters here at WHD are sincere supporters of Israel’s rights and understood MrObama’s support of Islamic states to be a severe threat to that country’s very safety and existence. Allowing the UN resolution to pass with an “abstension” and not stepping forward with an actual veto is a back-stabbing, final insult to a community that has historically supported the Dem party and MrObama in particular.
    The President-elect, MrTrump and US SenatorCruz, both Repubs have publically objected to the betrayal of Israel by the Obama administration. To my knowledge, no Dem, elected or not, has stepped up to support the Jewish nation from this outrageous move by the UN.
    The good Rabbi has every right to criticize MrObama for this betrayal, but he should have included every Dem that the Jewish community has supported with donations and votes who remain silent about this.

    There is something out-of-whack that Christians and the Repub voters would support Israel’s right to exist as they please ,but is snubbed by American Jews. The majority of the Jewish community supports the Dems with their donations and votes, who in turn support the Islam community that has vowed to destroy Israel and kill every Jew.
    We can only pray that PresidentTrump will reverse such anti-Israel moves by the UN and restore objectivity to the UN.

    • Well said. I have never understood the Jewish support for the Democrat Party or for Obama and those who lean and support anti Israel sentiment.

      I find similar misunderstanding with some Catholics, of which I am one.

      I read a WSJ report, in an attempt to be “fair and balanced” suggest that Mr. Trump has “upended” the transition with his foray into foreign policy, Israel in particular. In fact, it was Obama who has upended America’s long standing policy and treatment of Israel. Mr. Trump has stated his intent to correct that.

    • Well done, srdem….concise, to the point. I scratch my head when I hear my Jewish friends supporting Dems that dont support Israel….how can that be?


    • Spot on, srdem. The Democrat’s anti-Israel/pro-Hamas hysteria has been a key feature of their political stance for many years now. Remember when Hamas was trying to sneak weapons into Israel via ship freighters landing in Gaza with the help of Bill Ayers and Code Pink? The Democrats were outraged that Hamas was criticized for trying to do that. Same with the tunnels Hamas built from Gaza to sneak into Israel. “The Palestinians are just trying to protect themselves from the Israelis” the Democrats said. On and on with examples. And, as we all know, the Democrats’ and Obama’s hatred of Netanyahu is spine chilling. The old Democrat party, the one I grew up with, has long gone. Very long gone.

  2. Re. srdem65

    Pre abstention Schumer is opposed to not vetoing. I am assuming this organization is a lean left Democrat one.

    If anyone is interested, Ms. Lindsey is forming yet another committee to consider funding withdrawal.

    And a little bit of irony, Dems in a snit about Melania remaining in NY for son’s schooling, yet Ambassador wants to remain in Israel for daughter’s Jewish schooling.