Rabbi invited to kick off National Menorah lighting ceremony at White House shames Obama over UN

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Israelis are furious at President Obama, calling his latest U.N. stunt a “shameful ambush.”

Rabbi Levi Shemtov, who kicked off the first day of Hanukkah at the White House National Menorah lighting ceremony on Sunday, slammed the Obama administration’s decision to allow the United Nations to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The move was seen as a slap in the face to longtime ally Israel. Rabbi Shemtov urged Jews to not give into “darkness,” the Daily Mail reported:

Secretary Szubin spoke before of fighting darkness with light. I remember those words being spoken to a particular man by the Rebbe [Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson] many many years ago on Simchat 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 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.

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Obama of helping craft and push the UN resolution, which he called a “shameful ambush.”

“We have rather ironclad information from sources in both the Arab world and internationally that this was a deliberate push by the United States, and in fact, they helped create the resolution in the first place,” Netanyahu rep David Keyes told Fox News.

President-elect Donald Trump also blasted Obama’s decision, calling it “unfair to all Israelis.” In a statement, Trump said:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/812773204561379330

Many on social media were equally outraged by Obama’s seeming betrayal of Israel — our only true ally in the Middle East.

https://twitter.com/ArthurSchwartz/status/813220920106090496

https://twitter.com/kishkushkay/status/812720069310644226

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