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66% of Americans Show Sympathy for the Palestinian Cause

07 December 2017

Against the backdrop of near-daily news headlines suggesting a growing rift between the state of Israel and elements of the American Jewish community, the Jerusalem-based Israel Democracy Institute conducted a new survey testing those ties.

MSNBC political commentator Chris Matthews appeared on "Morning Joe" Wednesday and said Evangelical Christians don't understand the politics of Israel because they have "mythical" beliefs about it.

While 76 per cent of evangelicals over the age of 65 have a "positive" view of Israel, among evangelicals under the age of 35, the number was only 58 per cent.

Some 2,000 American evangelicals participated in the survey.

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"For the most part, younger evangelicals are indifferent about Israel", said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, in a statement. Though they are by no means against Israel at this point, the survey makes clear that many Millennials don't understand Israel's place in the biblical narrative, thus their support for Israel is almost 20 points lower than their parents or grandparents.

A second sponsor of the survey is Chosen People Ministries, whose president Dr. Mitch Glasser also attended the National Press Club press conference.

"The terror attacks on 9/11 changed the Middle East equation, and young people just aren't sure where Israel is supposed to fit", Bock told LifeWay.

He added, "Don't think this isn't related to Alabama next week". Over three quarters of respondents believe that Christians should support the right of the Jewish people to live in Israel, while only 5 percent disagreed.

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Sir, - David Abrahamson claims that the 1948 colonial war against the Palestinian people was "Israel's defensive war of independence" (December 4th). It is related. Because it's the Christian Evangelicals down there with their insane ideas about Israel which is, I don't know, mythical. Eighty percent say the rebirth of Israel in 1948 was a fulfillment of biblical prophecy.

Most Evangelicals surveyed said that the Bible shaped the way the see Israel.

"Unless the church gives younger believers a healthy, balanced, solidly-biblical understanding of God's love and plan for Israel", he warned, "overall evangelical support for the Jewish state could very well plummet over the next decade as Millennials represent an increasingly larger percentage of the church".

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66% of Americans Show Sympathy for the Palestinian Cause