2017-12-20 / World News

Trump delivers wishes to ‘Jewish brothers & sisters’

President Donald Trump said he was “proud to stand with the Jewish people” on Chanukah.

“Melania and I wish all of our Jewish brothers and sisters celebrating this meaningful holiday a happy and healthy eight nights in the company of those they love,” Trump said in a message on the first night of the eight-day holiday.

“On this holiday, we are proud to stand with the Jewish people who shine as a light to all nations. We also stand with the people of Israel, the Jewish State, which has itself a miraculous history of overcoming the tallest of odds,” the statement said.

Trump’s director of the National Economic Council, Gary Cohn, lit the “national menorah” on the National Mall, an event organized by American Friends of Lubavitch. He noted that Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, breaking with predecessors who held back from full recognition. (JTA)

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