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Kook Supports Kahane

January 31, 1977
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Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the Jewish Defense League and leader of Tnuat Kach (Thus). has been endorsed in his bid for a Knesset seat by Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook, son of the first Chief Rabbi of Israel and the spiritual leader of the Gush Emunim. Kook had been a staunch supporter of the National Religious Party but broke with them in 1974 when they entered the Rabin government over his opposition.

In his letter of support to Kahane, Kook stated: “The presence of Rabbi Meir Kahane and his uncompromising words from the Knesset platform will undoubtedly add strength and value to the obligatory struggle on behalf of the entire Land of Israel.” The announcement of Kook’s support of Kahane and his letter were made available to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency by Kahane. The JDL leader, who expressed delight with this support, said he plans to concentrate his efforts to win a Knesset seat by campaigning among Kook’s followers.

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