According to Rabbi Dov Kook of Tiberias, Donald Trump’s victory had “saved the Jews from the ‘Amalekite’ Clinton.” Kook—the grandson of Abraham Isaac Kook, the first Chief Rabbi of British Mandatory Palestine—was referring to Israel’s ancient biblical enemy.
The Amalekites, descendants of Esau’s grandson Amalek, were the first to attack the Israelites following their exodus from Egypt (Exodus 17:8). Throughout the biblical period, the Amalekites were among Israel’s foremost foes.
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