Second Night of Chanukah Candle Lighting Ceremony at the Western Wall Plaza

Prime Minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Lights Chanukah Candles on the Second Night at the Western Wall Plaza.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to light the second candle of Chanukah at the Western Wall Plaza in response to the UN resolution that the Western Wall is occupied territory.

“I did not plan to be here tonight,” the Prime Minister said before lighting the candles at the Western Wall, “but in light of the UN resolution I thought that there was no better place to light the second Chanukah candle than the Western Wall.”

“According to the UN resolution,” continued Netanyahu, “the Maccabees did not liberate Jerusalem, they occupied Palestinian territory. According to the UN resolution, the villages they started out from in the Modi’in area, those villages and that area were ‘occupied Palestinian territory.

Of course the Palestinians arrived much later. We were in these places. We will return to these places, and I ask those same countries that wish us a Happy Chanukah how they could vote for a UN resolution which says that this place, in which we are now celebrating Chanukah, is occupied territory?

“The Western Wall is not occupied. The Jewish Quarter is not occupied. The other places are not occupied either. Therefore, we do not accept, nor can we accept, this resolution. We are certain of our future just as we are certain of our past. And here I would like to light Chanukah candles on behalf of the Glory of Israel. Happy Chanukah, Netanyahu concluded.

He then lit the candles together with the Rabbi of Western Wall and Holy Sites, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz. The Rabbi of the Western Wall stated, “The relationship between Israel and the Temple Mount and the Western Wall does not need anyones approval. More than two thousand years have passed since our ancestors, the Hasmoneans, arrived and relit the Menorah in the Temple. For over two thousand years, all around the world, the small but mighty flames of the Chanukah Chanukiah have been burning.

The Western Wall unites the entire Jewish nation  young and old, those who live in Israel and those who live in the Diaspora, members of this generation and of all those who preceded it. I think of them this evening  of those who lit Chanukah candles in Spain of the Inquisition and in Poland of the Nazis, of Anusei Mashad and of the victims of Chmelnitzki. I know they are watching us this evening. Watching you  Mr. Prime Minister. How they are praying for your success.
We are blessed to have been privileged to light Chanukah candles in a united Jerusalem. From here, we pray for your success, that you should be a good emissary for the Jewish nation. The light that emanates from here, the light of Jewish unity, the light of hope, the light of the Jewish chain of generations that was never disconnected and never will be  This light will defeat the darkness.”

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Interesting Facts

The Western Wall Plaza hosts approximately 60,000 people. It symbolizes the Jewish link to Jerusalem and serves as the synagogue closest to the remains of both Holy Temples.
The Western Wall's visible stones tell of its history from the time of the Holy Temples' ruin. The original Herodian stones are distinct from the others in size and in their unique borders.
The building style of "grading" used when layering the Western Wall's stones, teaches us that the Temple Mount's walls were not perpendicular but marginally sloping.
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