Obama stresses freedom of Gross from Cuba at Hanukka candlelighting ceremony
December 18, 2014 09:25
Presiding over the White House Hanukka ceremony on Wednesday US President Barack Obama wasted no time connecting the 8-day Jewish holiday to the historic Cuba policy changes he announced earlier in the day, which led to the release of jailed Jewish-American Alan Gross.
"I'm told that in the Jewish tradition one of the great mitzvah's is 'pinion sabihin'," said Obama, "It describes the redemption, the freeing of captives. And that's what were celebrating today because after being unjustly held for more than five years, Alan Gross is free."