At the National Hanukkah Menorah lighting ceremony in Washington, DC, Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Levi Shemtov ridiculed President Obama for abstaining on the UN vote, which has implemented a resolution condemning the West Bank settlements. Considering the U.S. is a longtime ally of Israel, the unprecedented move has been widely criticized. Shemtov declared on Sunday that Obama’s actions of “darkness” must be fought.
“Mr. Szubin spoke before of fighting darkness with light,” said Shemtov, referring to the previous speech made by Obama ally, executive vice president Adam Szubin of the Orthodox Jewish group American Friends of Lubavitch. He continues:
“I remember those words being spoken to a particular man by the rabbi many many years ago on Simchat Torah. 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. 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.”
The full video of Rabbi Shemtov’s speech can be watched below:
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