"International Criminal Court probe is pure anti-Semitism"

Netanyahu compares International Criminal Court to Greeks fighting the Maccabees during candle-lighting ceremony with Ambassador Friedman.

Arutz Sheva Staff , | updated: 18:16

Netanyahu, Friedman light Hanukkah candles at Western Wall
Netanyahu, Friedman light Hanukkah candles at Western Wall
Western Wall Heritage Foundation

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman joined Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at a special candle-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem Sunday evening, marking the beginning of the festival of Hanukkah.

“Hanukkah is called the festival of light,” said Friedman. “Each day we increase with an additional candle the amount of light that comes from the Hanukkiyah. It is not just symbolic, it is also the sense of really illuminating the world. We illuminate the world with the values that we have in the Jewish nation, that we have in the United States with the Judeo-Christian values that are the foundation of both our two great countries.”

“Twenty-two-hundred-years-ago, just behind me, the festival of Hanukkah began when the Maccabees purified the Temple and restored those great Judeo-Christian values from those who sought to destroy the Jewish people.”

Netanyahu condemned the recent decision of the International Criminal Court in the Hague to investigate the Palestinian Authority’s allegations of war crimes in the 2014 Gaza war, and in the existence of Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria.

“Twenty-two-hundred-years-ago, the Maccabees fought the war of liberation for the Jewish people and the Jewish faith against the anti-Semitic decrees of the Seleucid Greeks,” said Netanyahu. “They wanted to extinguish our faith, to stamp out our freedom, to drive us out of this land, to say we have no right to exist.”

“We have fought against immeasurable odds, as no people has fought against throughout history. We crossed the abyss from extinction to survival, to independence, and now to a thriving democracy.”

“And yet we find ourselves now in the beginning of the 21st century, in 2019, where the International Criminal Court, that should know otherwise, has set forth decrees that are just as anti-Semitic as the decrees of the Seleucid Greeks.”

“They say that Jews do not have a right to settle in the Jewish homeland. They say that the Jews do not have a right to live in the Land of the Jews, in the Land of Israel. We’ll, we say: Shame on you! The light of truth lights here, and we will overcome you just as we overcame other anti-Semites in history.”

“Pure anti-Semitism: that is what the ICC has done, and we will not bow our heads.”

Netanyahu later thanked the Trump administration for its declaration that Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria are not in violation of international law.

“And I thank the American government, President Trump, and Secretary Pompeo for standing with Israel and standing with the truth once again.”