Michael Medved has written an article titled Correcting Mistakes About Hanukkah.
Far from a victory for tolerance, or for the ideals of moral relativism, Hanukkah counts as a commemoration of fervent, unwavering religious commitment and Jewish particularism. It emphasizes the ancient covenant demanding that Jews differentiate themselves from their pagan neighbors – and oppressors. To the frustration of most Jewish Americans (who tilt irrationally but stubbornly to the left), this is a holiday far more in line with underlying messages of today's religious right than the secularist sentiments of the ACLU.
Yesterday's State Department briefing included the following questions.
QUESTION: It’s my understanding – and correct me if I’m wrong – that
the Justice Department says that it does not intend to reopen any investigation
into the alleged – what was alleged to have happened. And I’m wondering if you –
if that’s not wrong, how it is going to be when you call for accountability for
rights abuses in other countries, how you’re going to be able to do that without
being essentially laughed out of the room?
QUESTION: Yes, very quickly. Today in the West Bank, in the occupied
West Bank, Palestinian official Ziad Abu Ein was killed as a result of a scuffle
with the occupation army. I wonder if you have a statement on that.
QUESTION: So the claim that you are trying to unseat or helping in the
process to unseat Netanyahu is wrong, correct?
QUESTION: That’s what Likud sources – they’re saying that you are
rallying, you’re marshaling resources and efforts and so on, basically, to seat
someone else other than Netanyahu.
Read the whole transcript: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2014/12/234934.htm