LifeWay survey: Evangelical support for Israel dwindles among millennials

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Wednesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe", while discussing President Donald Trump's expected announcement to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, "Hardball" host Chris Matthews said evangelical Christians have "crazy ideas" and "mythical" beliefs about Israel.

Some 80 per cent of those over 65 believe "the Jewish people have a right to the Land of Israel", compared with 61 per cent of those under 35.

Joining Eckstein were Pastor Silmar Coelho of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Rev. Hyung Eun Chi, of Seoul, South Korea, both supporters of The Fellowship's work on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people.

Evangelicals are the backbone of Christian Zionist groups including Christians United for Israel, but support for Israel is eroding among the young. "This is a historic moment for Christians and Jews around the world".

A total of 2,002 Americans with evangelical beliefs were asked about a wide range of issues involving Israel, including questions about the nation's place in the Bible, and its treatment of Palestinians.

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66 % of evangelicals under the age of 35 said "Christians should make more efforts to show love and concern for the Palestinian people".

Only 31% said they would oppose it. Thirty-two percent have no strong views about the nation, and one percent do not support it at all. Only 19 percent believe that Palestinians have a historic right to Israel.

It found that greater sympathy with Palestinians had tripled among millennials from nine percent in 2006 to 27 percent a decade later.

Many younger Jews are visible and active in the Palestine solidarity movement and support boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), amid the emergence of organizations like Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow that challenge the claims of pro-Israel establishment Jewish organizations to speak for them.

The changing attitudes of younger evangelicals are not surprising when seen in light of broader social trends. However, he expressed fears that the drop in support for Israel among younger evangelicals might yield a significant decline in overall evangelical support for the Jewish nation in the future.

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