Donald Trump's victory in the United States election represents the downfall of "the deniers and mimics of religion" (Conservative and Reform Jewry,) Interior Minister Aryeh Dery said on Thursday.
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Addressing a meeting of the Ashdod Religious Council, Dery thanked God that "all the deniers of religion and all those who imitate Judaism and thought they could take control of Israel to implement their destructive reforms" had suffered a blow.
The Interior Minister acknowledged that it was "still too early to talk about the ramifications of the election of Trump to the presidency." Nevertheless, he added, there was no doubt that "their influence on the American government and the great threat they pose to us" have now disappeared.
Israel, he continued, can continue to "strengthen religion and the traditional Judaism that has been passed down to us from generation to generation."
Many Jews had said in recent days that the election of Trump would be "a miracle denoting the arrival of the days of the Messiah," Dery noted. "Indeed we are experiencing the birth pangs of the Messiah, with everything changing for the good of the People of Israel."