Younger evangelical Christians are becoming less supportive of Israel, despite their belief that the Bible gave Jewish people a “biblical right” to Israel, a new survey from the Christian organization LifeWay Research shows, Newsweek writes.
According to the survey, around 77 percent of surveyed Evangelicals 65 years and older said they support the existence, security, and prosperity of Israel. However, this support dropped to just 58 percent among Evangelicals between 18-34 years of age.
Younger Evangelicals also expressed doubt that Israel’s creation in 1948 was a positive event. “For the most part, younger evangelicals are indifferent about Israel,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, in a statement.
The organization surveyed over 2,000 American Evangelicals about their support for Israel, its place in the Bible, and the country’s treatment of Palestinians. Exactly half of all Evangelical surveyed said they had a positive or very positive view of Israel, and 24 percent said they have a positive view of Israel no matter what the country does.
Only 34 percent of young Evangelicals said unequivocally that the creation of Israel was just, while a full 47 percent said they are not sure.
“I am concerned for the obvious decline in support for Israel among millennial followers of Jesus, who either do not know what they believe or do not seem to care,” Mitch Glaser, president of Chosen People Ministries, which helped underwrite the survey, said in a statement.
Evangelical support for Israel has played a key role in Israeli-American relations for many years. President Donald Trump’s desire to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is aimed at pleasing Evangelical voters as much as Jewish ones, with Evangelical leaders keen to stress the point, Newsweek notes.