Prime Minister Ehud Olmert this evening lit Chanukah candles at the Jewish Institute for the Blind, in Jerusalem, with blind and sight-disadvantaged children.
Prime Minister Olmert said: "Disability need not necessarily close possibilities but also has the ability to open opportunities. You cannot see the light of the candles that we lit but you certainly feel the warmth and the hope that the candles give off, and give further depth to our lives. You are proof that the force of will restores hope and joy on a daily basis. I am certain that you, like me, send warm greetings to the residents of the south of the country, and like all of us, you hope that – with the assistance of the fighters of the IDF and the security forces – they will yet enjoy the lives of quiet and security that they were robbed of so long ago due to the aggression of our neighbors."
Prime Minister Olmert gave each participant a bag of sweets and a greeting card in Braille.