Rabbi Levi Shemtov, the man in charge of the National Hanukkah Menorah lighting that took place in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., took time to criticize the United Nations’ recent resolution against Israel and, by extension, the administration that let it happen, according to the Washington Examiner.
On Friday, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution condemning Israel’s presence beyond its 1967 boundary illegal, and although the resolution did not carry with it a specific penalty, it set a dangerous precedent for a country that has fought for its legitimacy since its reincarnation shortly after the Second World War.
Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Adam Szubin represented the president at the lighting, according to Breitbart, and very likely felt awkward once he discovered what Shemtov had to say.
“Secretary Szubin spoke before of fighting darkness with light,” he said. “I remember those words being spoken to a particular man by the Rebbe (Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, according to Breitbart) many, many years ago on Simchat Torah, when we rejoined with the Torah.
“The Rebbe 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 (Israeli) ambassador to the United Nations,” Shemtov continued.
Then the rabbi got to the point.
“So I know that some of us are so sad at what happens 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 by creating light, because when we create light, the darkness dissipates,” he said.
“And we look forward to the day when there will be no more darkness, there will be no more evil, there will be no more disappointment. We will live a life full of life, full of light, full of peace, full of harmony, as we will all be together in the coming of the world to its point of redemption.”
We couldn’t have said it better. There will certainly be more light for Israel under a Trump presidency than that of anyone from the left.
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