American Christians May Care More About Israel Than Israeli Christians Do

It turns out that American Christians may care more about Israel than Israeli Christians do. In 2013, 82 percent of white evangelicals believed God gave the land of Israel to the Jews, according to Pew Research Center. But only 19 percent of Christians actually born, raised and living in Israel believe that God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people. More than half (66 percent) believe this is not true in a literal sense, while another 9 percent don’t know what to think. The study also found that only 12 percent of Christians think the Israeli government is making a sincere effort to bring about peace with Palestine, while 80 percent said there was no sincere attempt. They were more generous to Palestine—half of Israeli Christians think the “Palestinian leadership” is making a genuine effort for peace and 37 percent said it was not. What is even more surprising is that the vast majority of Israeli Christians—86 percent—believe the U.S. is too supportive of Israel. Just 6 percent said the American government wasn’t supportive enough, while 7 percent said the level of U.S. support was just right. In contrast, the Pew study found that only 18 percent of American Christians said the U.S. is too supportive of Israel. Far more thought the U.S. was not supportive enough (29 percent) or the level of support was about right (41 percent).

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Timothy McPherson

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Timothy McPherson commented…

The problem is that most Christians who live in the Holy Land are not Jewish Christians (Messianic Jews). Most Christians there are Palestinians. When Americans support a government that is so much against Palestinian, can you wonder that they're not as enthusiastic about supporting Israel, a government that is actively suppressing them, even killing them?

Nathan Smith

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Nathan Smith commented…

Most Christians there are Palestinians, and that means being treated as a second class citizen. Palestinians are not allowed the same access to education, medical care, and even aren't allowed to use the same roads as Israeli citizens. Add to the fact that there are many cases of Palestinian Christians being beaten, persecuted, and sometimes even killed by Israelis, and you wouldn't expect them to be very supporting.

It's like asking a Christian living in Ancient Rome if they believe in some theological notion where God blesses and holds Rome in high regard. The same Rome that gave Christians over to lions. The answer is a resounding no.

But failing to understand or even state the problem of persecution of Palestinian Christians seems almost misleading. It appears the author either didn't take the time to understand WHY Christian Zionism is so rare in Israel-Palestine, or the author is aware, and intentionally left it out. Either way, just stating the numbers really isn't doing justice to the issue.

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Timothy McPherson

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Timothy McPherson commented…

The problem is that most Christians who live in the Holy Land are not Jewish Christians (Messianic Jews). Most Christians there are Palestinians. When Americans support a government that is so much against Palestinian, can you wonder that they're not as enthusiastic about supporting Israel, a government that is actively suppressing them, even killing them?

Nathan Smith

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Nathan Smith commented…

Most Christians there are Palestinians, and that means being treated as a second class citizen. Palestinians are not allowed the same access to education, medical care, and even aren't allowed to use the same roads as Israeli citizens. Add to the fact that there are many cases of Palestinian Christians being beaten, persecuted, and sometimes even killed by Israelis, and you wouldn't expect them to be very supporting.

It's like asking a Christian living in Ancient Rome if they believe in some theological notion where God blesses and holds Rome in high regard. The same Rome that gave Christians over to lions. The answer is a resounding no.

But failing to understand or even state the problem of persecution of Palestinian Christians seems almost misleading. It appears the author either didn't take the time to understand WHY Christian Zionism is so rare in Israel-Palestine, or the author is aware, and intentionally left it out. Either way, just stating the numbers really isn't doing justice to the issue.

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