Chris Matthews: 'Crazy' Evangelicals 'Don't Understand' the Situation in Israel

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Support for Israel is decreasing among evangelical Christians, particularly among the younger generation, a new survey shows, a decline borne out of confusion about or indifference to the world's only Jewish state.

Overall, the survey of 2,000 individuals shows that 25 per cent of USA evangelicals support Israel "no matter what it does", while 42 per cent support Israel in general, but not "everything it does".

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.

"For the most part, younger evangelicals are indifferent about Israel", said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, in a statement.

A second sponsor of the survey is Chosen People Ministries, whose president Dr. Mitch Glasser also attended the National Press Club press conference.

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"Don't think this isn't related to Alabama next week". Asked to what extent American Jews should weigh-in on Israel's internal affairs - including the "religious status of the Reform and Conservative movements" - 55% of Israelis said "no". Over three quarters of respondents believe that Christians should support the right of the Jewish people to live in Israel, while only 5 percent disagreed.

Only 31% said they would oppose it. Forty-one percent of respondents said the Jewish people have a "biblical" right to Israel but must share it.

Added Chi: "On behalf of thousands of Christians across Seoul and all of South Korea, I commend the US administration's long-overdue recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital".

He announced the formation of a new group, Alliance for the Peace of Jerusalem, which plans to produce biblically-based resources about Israel, and also encourage Christian believers to pray for the country.

Twenty-two percent of survey respondents said they were unsure if scriptural promises about the land of Israel remain in effect. Younger Evangelicals also expressed doubt that Israel's creation in 1948 was a positive event.