President Ahmet Necdet Sezer saluted the Hanukah feast of Turkish Jews.
In a written statement Sezer pointed out that Muslim and Jewish holidays take place coincidentally at the same time. "This gives us great happiness. In days we are all focused on purification, making peace with each other and promoting human values, we hope to reach peace in Middle East," he declared.
Sezer wished the holiday to bring peace and order to Turkish citizens and the Jewish world.
Hanukah, the Hebrew word meaning dedication, is celebrated for eight days in the Hebrew month of Kislev, which usually occurs in mid to late December.