Erdogan Wishes Turkish Jews a Happy Chanukah


turkish-prime-minister-recep-tayyip-erdoganAmid concerns of a rise in anti-Semitism in Turkey, the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Tuesday sent Turkish Jews a greeting for Chanukah.

“I extend my warmest Hanukkah holiday greetings to our Jewish citizens. We see the variety in our social, cultural and humane structure as the foremost richness that has brought Turkey to what it is today, reinforced our unity and togetherness, and enhanced our solidarity and dialogue,” Erdogan said in a statement, according to the Hurriyet newspaper.

The Turkish president said Turkey would carefully preserve its rich cultural and historical heritage, while highlighting that Turkey’s Jewish citizens were “the fundamental elements of Turkey,” Arutz Sheva reported.

“Our Jewish citizens, which we embraced during history’s hardest and most sad periods and with which we have lived in unity, harmony and reciprocal respect for centuries in these lands, in the cradle of civilization of Anatolia, are unquestionably the fundamental elements of Turkey,” he said.

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  1. I betcha Antiochus Epimanes made a similar speech, encouraging the Jews of his time to embrace and integrate with the multicultural Hellenic society, in “unity and togetherness, … solidarity and dialogue”.

    May this idiot meet the same fate as his spiritual predecessor.

    A freilichin Chanukah to all of Klal Yisroel.

  2. Erdogan says Happy Hannukah in one wide stance and in the other stance he kicks the shtetyl.

    This man is as friendly with Israel as the code of honor in heaven permits the devil.

    What a stage show.

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