Israelis with American citizenship have finished voting, and local rabbis are predicting victory for Republican candidate Donald Trump in next week’s US presidential election.
American citizens living in Israel, most of them holding dual Israeli citizenship, finished casting their absentee ballots this week, and an exit poll conducted by iVoteIsrael revealed most chose Trump.
Forty-nine percent of those who took part in the exit poll said they voted for Trump, while 44 percent said they went with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
A mere 30,000 out of an estimated 120,000 US citizens living in Israel bothered to cast a ballot.
But the low voter turnout in Israel won’t prevent Trump from winning the White House, according to rabbis.
The head of the Republican Party branch in Israel, Marc Zell, said a leading Jewish mystic told him that the Zohar, Judaism’s primary mystical work, foretold Trump’s victory centuries ago.
“Two days ago, a great sage came to me — I don’t want to say his name — with all his entourage from Bnei Brak, just to give me this message for Donald Trump,” Zell told the ultra-Orthodox news outlet Behadrei Haredim.
Zell went on to note that initially religious Jews weren’t sure for whom to vote, “but in the last two weeks a decision has been made among the rabbis of all sorts of streams in the Orthodox public in Israel that Trump is the one who will defend Jerusalem, the Land of Israel and the Jewish people.”