Younger American evangelical Christians less likely to support Israel -survey

The younger generation of American evangelical Christians is less likely to offer full support for Israel compared with the older ones, a major new survey has found.

(REUTERS / Ammar Awad)An Israeli flag is seen near the Dome of the Rock, located in Jerusalem's Old City on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount. December 6, 2017.

The results of a poll sponsored by Chosen People Ministries showed that American evangelicals below 35 years old are less likely to "offer unquestionable support for Israel." Only 58 percent of them hold a positive view of the Jewish state, while 76 percent of their older counterparts (above 65 years old) said the same thing, The Middle East Monitor relayed.

In addition, 66 percent of the younger evangelicals said that Christians ought to show more "love and care for the Palestinian people," while 54 percent of the older ones share the same view.

However, when it comes to those who do not really have a "strong view" about Israel, a greater proportion (41 percent) of the evangelicals below 35 agree while only 22 percent of those above 65 years of age echoed the same thought.

Out of the 2,000 respondents, 25 percent said they support Israel unconditionally, while 42 percent expressed general support.

For Chosen People Ministries, the results of the poll serve as a warning that evangelical support for Israel could dip significantly in the next 10 years if the younger Christians are not taught about its biblical implication.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump continued to express his support for Israel. He recently recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state and drew condemnation from Saudi Arabia, The Telegraph reported.

"We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past," said Trump. "It is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel."

The controversial announcement prompted celebrations from Israel. However, it also sparked fury from Palestinians who said Trump was crushing any hope of forging a peace agreement.

Trump, on the other hand, said his decision to go ahead with the declaration was made in light of the best interest of America. He also said Americans would be the only country to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.