US President Donald Trump issued a Hanukkah greeting to the Jewish people on Thursday ahead of the start of the eight-day holiday.

“During this holiday season, the First Lady and I send our warmest greetings to the millions of Jewish people in the United States and around the world as they begin the celebration of Hanukkah and the miracle that kept the flames of the menorah burning in the Second Temple for eight nights,” Trump said.

“The candle-lighting tradition that began over 2,000 years ago is rooted in perseverance and faith—two virtues that are indicative of the Jewish culture and the Jewish faith.

“This year’s observance of the Festival of Lights comes at a time when the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel has never been stronger. Over the past four years, my Administration has stood in unwavering solidarity with the Jewish people. In recent months, we brokered historic peace deals between Israel and major Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan, ushering in unprecedented opportunities for enhancing stability and prosperity in the region. As we enter this season of celebration and reflection, we must continue to build on this progress and work toward a brighter and more secure future in the Middle East and around the world.

“Over the next eight days, families and friends will gather to carry on the time-honored tradition of lighting the menorah. The First Lady and I wish you all a joyous celebration. Happy Hanukkah!” the president concluded.

Related Articles:

Israel’s Prime Minister delivers speech to United Nations – full speech

Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addressed the United Nations General Assembly this week addressing issues such as Iran, the regional security of the Middle East. Full transcript...

Iran’s foreign minister vows to eliminate Zionism at UN’s anti-racism conference

Iran’s foreign minister told the UN's anti-racism conference that his nation’s "willpower is dedicated" to the elimination of Zionism. The UK was among 38 countries that boycotted the...

Anti-Semitic vandal defaces 17 London bus stops calling Jews ‘grey aliens’

A London man has been charged after he defaced 17 bus stops in North West London with anti-Semitic and homophobic graffiti. Nicholas Lalchan, 49, wrote, "Jews and gays are...

Instead of seeking stronger deal, UK urges Iran to comply with existing nuclear deal that has already failed

This week the UK's new Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, met with her Iranian counterpart to discuss the Iran nuclear deal and urged the Iranian regime to return to full...

US Congress overwhelmingly passes $1 billion funding for Israel’s Iron Dome

The United States House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bill to fund $1 billion to Israel's Iron Dome self-defence system after an attempt to cut funding by...

Subscribe to start receiving FREE TORCH magazines from CUFI UK