President Reuven Rivlin lit the last candles of Hanukkah Sunday along with diplomats and officials in the Jewish community, a unique ceremony was held together with representatives of the UN from around the world.
The ceremony was initiated by the UN’s Israeli Embassy with the World Jewish Congress (WJC), and the message delivered was the desire to harness the international community to understand the “darkness” that terror attacks spread around the world.
President Rivlin said at the event that he was impressed with the way that the UN is trying to change its way, but it is still not a fan of Israel.
"During Hanukkah, we remember the events of the past yet turn to the future. This year, the United Nations Development measures will be adopted for the next 15 years, and only last week, Israel has set the goal to assist in the development of technology and farming in developing countries. As a Jewish and democratic state, Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and healing are parts of our basic principles," said the President.
With that, he noted "too often, Israel finds itself a target at the United Nations to attacks motivated by politics. Yet we will not shy away from expressing our position, even as the few against the many, due to the belief that light that Israel distribute, not only on Hanukah, but every day, will overcome the darkness of extremism , violence and terrorism. "
Israel's UN Ambassador, Danny Danon, dedicated the last candle in memory of Staff Sergeant Oron Shaul deputy and Lt. Hadar Goldin, and expressed hope that they will be brought back and properly buried in Israel as soon as possible.
Danon added that at this time the UN must also understand the position of Israel better. "We must unite against global terrorism, and to illuminate the darkness that prevails around the world."
The ceremonial candles were together by President Rivlin, Ambassador Danon and the President of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder.