Netanyahu lights menorah at the Western Wall; thanks President Trump

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lights a menorah at a Hanukkah ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel on Thursday, December 6, 2018. (Photo provided by the Government of Israel)

WASHINGTON (SBG) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu celebrated Hanukkah at the Western Wall Thursday evening. The event also marked the anniversary of President Donald Trump's declaration that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Netanyahu posted a picture of the menorah lighting in front of the Western Wall with a thankful message to President Trump.

A year ago, during the brave and true course, the president of US West Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem's nation. In the Western Wall, the relic of the Temple of the shrine, we lit a fifth candle of Chanukah with lone soldiers and US West ambassador in Israel, David Friedman. Happy Hanukkah!

Trump's Middle Eastern policies have been described as bold and aggressive by both sides of the aisle. He is the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall, according to Netanyahu. His policy to end, what he calls, a bad deal with Iran has also been heralded and criticized.

Netanyahu boasted another policy victory on Twitter Thursday, even though the U.N. General Assembly voted down a U.S. sponsored resolution to condemn Hamas.

"This is the first time that a majority of countries have voted against Hamas ..., " Netanyahu tweeted. "This is a very important achievement for the US and Israel. I thank the American administration and US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley for the initiative."

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