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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence offered a sincere Hanukkah blessing for the people of Israel prior to his expected arrival in the Jewish State in time for the sixth candle early next week.

The vice president noted in his Hanukkah message that the holiday commemorates “the fight for freedom that began some 22 centuries ago in the land of Israel.”

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Pence added, “May that light of freedom burn bright, and may God bless the Jewish people, the state of Israel and the United States of America. Happy Hanukkah!”

Pence will visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem upon his arrival in Israel on Sunday.

He is expected to open talks in the region to address relief efforts for persecuted Christians and others in the region under attack for their faith.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.