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Georgian PM congratulates Jewish people on Hanukkah

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Tuesday, December 4
Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze has congratulated the Jewish people on Hanukkah on Monday, which is an eight-day Jewish festival commemorates the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C., where Jewish people stood against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.

The celebration symbolizes the victory of good over evil and the importance of spirit, freedom and justice.

Bakhtadze symbolically lit a candle in the main synagogue of Tbilisi.

He spoke about the 26-century-old friendship of Georgian and Jewish people and wished peace, prosperity and development to Israel and Jews.

"This day is a symbol of victory for the Jewish people. On this day, when the Jewish people light a candle, it is a symbol of hope that one can overcome everything by being united.

“The brotherhood and friendship of the Georgian and Jewish people count 26 centuries. This is a completely unique event in the history of mankind. Georgian Jews have always been an integral part of the Georgian state, “ Bakhtadze said.

Bakhtadze said he hopes that friendship between Georgian and Jewish people will soon be recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage because this relationship and brotherhood is exemplary for everyone.