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The White House held its annual Hanukkah reception - a tradition that has been around since 1979 ranging from small presentations to larger parties.
President Barack Obama said his administration stands by Israel and securing its protection.
"Together with our Israeli friends we are determined to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons," Obama said.
He added that the story of Hanukkah, its survivors and Nelson Mandela, "remind us that those that came before us overcome even greater obstacles," and the president encouraged the crowd to "take strength from their struggles and from their sacrifice."
The event, which marks the end of Hanukkah, included a menorah lighting and Obama displaying the White House "menurkey" - a menorah shaped like a turkey symbolizing this year's overlap of Thanksgiving and the eight-day holiday.
White House hosts Hanukkah reception (1:23)
Dec. 5 - President Obama mentions Iran, Mandela and the White House ''menurkey'' at the event celebrating the eight-day holiday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). ( Transcript )