'Younger evangelical Christians in the United States are much less likely to support Israel than their elders, a new survey has found.
“Older American evangelicals love Israel – but many younger evangelicals simply don’t care,” according to LifeWay Research, the church-focused firm that conducted the survey.
Evangelicals are the backbone of major Christian Zionist organizations, such as Christians United for Israel, and are an influential constituency on the right of American politics.
President Donald Trump’s reported decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy to the city is the fulfillment of a long-standing demand of such groups.
The national survey of 2,002 adults with evangelical beliefs was conducted on behalf of Chosen People Ministries, a religious group that proselytizes that Jesus is the Messiah of the Jews – effectively missionaries who aim to convert Jews to fundamentalist Christianity.
“For the most part, younger evangelicals are indifferent about Israel,” according to Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research.
Four in ten evangelicals aged 18-34 say they have “no strong views” about Israel.
“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,” said Mitch Glaser, president of Chosen People Ministries.
Overall, two-thirds of evangelicals have positive views of Israel. Nine percent have a negative view and 24 percent are not sure.
About a quarter say they would support Israel no matter what it does. However two in five say that they support Israel but not all its actions. A third have no strong views.'
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