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.
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.
Shemtov spoke after remarks by Adam Szubin, acting treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, and the Obama administration’s representative Sunday at the event.
Szubin delivered a short speech focusing mainly on the significance and symbology of candles and light as they pertain to Hanukkah and later helped to light a 30-foot menorah.
Is the National Menorah a Chabad version of the National Cathedral?
Obama and his cronies take fake & fonny to a new level.
Don’t stab someone in the BACK and then come to his party and pretend to be their friend! Uch!
What part of Hakoras Hatov does Shemtov not understand? The fact remains , the US has given Billions and Billions in aid to Israel since it’s inception. It has provided cutting edge weaponry and all kinds of favors. So suddenly when the President shows some displeasure to some he takes a public forum and trashes the very Adminsitartion that has provided for Israel for so many years? Yes, Obama has shown contempt for Israel and it’s policies but that does not warrant a Hareidi Jew to publicly trash him. Jews are way too comfortable in the US and they think they have Gods given right to do as they please and say as they please.
Just remember Germany during the 1930.
The money that Israel gets from the US is from Congress not from the president. Although Obama has been turning the world against Israel. Whatever Israel gets from the US, its enemies also get.
Looking forward to President Trump.