President Obama was publicly humiliated on Sunday by the rabbi performing the National Hanukkah Menorah lighting ceremony in Washington, DC. Rabbi Levi Shemtov blasted Obama in his speech for allowing the United Nations to condemn the West Bank settlers in a controversial vote, comparing the Obama Administration to terrorists.
On Friday, the UN voted 14-0 to condemn the settlements created by Israeli citizens in the West Bank as illegal. As MRC Blog notes, the United States allowed this to happen by abstaining from voting, a major shift in the US’ longstanding policy of always protecting Israel.
“Secretary Szubin spoke before of fighting darkness with light,” said Rabbi Shemtov. (Adam Szubin, who served as a proxy for President Obama, is the acting treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. Obama is on his annual Hawaiian Christmas vacation.)
“I remember those words being spoken to a particular man by the rabbi many many years ago on Simchat Torah,” Shemtoz continued, referring to the time of year in which one reading of the Torah ends and another begins.
“The rabbi told him: ‘You are working in a place where there is great grief and darkness, but remember that in that place of darkness, you can only counter it by lighting a candle. By creating light.'”
“That man was Benjamin Netanyahu, and he was at the time the ambassador to the United Nations,” Shemtov added, according to MailOnline. “So as I know that some of us are so sad at what happened there with regard to Israel, we must remember that the way to counter any darkness, any disappointment is not with harsh rhetoric, not with anger, but when we create light, the darkness dissipates.”
Netanyahu took his condemnation of Obama one step further, accusing the president of orchestrating the UN vote and making sure it went through. “From the information that we have, we have no doubt that the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed,” he said on Friday.
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