Opinions about the Israel-Palestine Conflict.
Teleios surveyed Christian and secular adolescents and millennials regarding opinions about the Israel-Palestine conflict. In general, evangelical Christians believe that Israel is a democracy and all groups are treated fairly; whereas non-evangelicals believe Palestinians living in Israel are repressed politically and socially.This survey suggests strong differences between young evangelicals and non-evangelicals regarding the moral correctness of Israel’s political and foreign policies as well as their right to exist; evangelicals being strongly supportive of Israel and non-evangelicals being strongly supportive of Palestine.
In general, evangelical Christians believe that Israel is a democracy and all groups are treated fairly (28%); whereas non-evangelicals believe Palestinians living in Israel are repressed politically and socially (28%; P=0.002). Evangelicals generally supported Israel regarding political and human rights issues (74%) while non-evangelicals supported Palestine (39%; P>0.0001). Further, evangelicals favored the US government supporting Israel (70%); whereas non-evangelicals believed the US should take no action (25%) or work actively against Israel (28%: P>0.0001). In addition, evangelicals strongly indicated Israel should be a nation-state (83%; P>0.0001), and also the current Palestinian state is a failed state due to their own errors (19%) and an independent terrorist organization (16%; P=0.005).
Religiously, evangelicals believed that Israel today is the Israel of the Bible (41%) versus those who are non-evangelicals (19%; P=0.048). Further, evangelicals indicated Christians should evangelize both Israelis and Palestinians (75%), but Israelis (7%) more than Palestinians (4%); whereas non-evangelicals thought neither group should be evangelized (32%; P>0.0001).
in terms of a final solution to the Palestinian problem, both evangelicals and non-evangelicals believed providing jobs and education was important (17-21%, respectively). Many evangelicals also favored resettling the Palestinians within a current Arab country (16%), while non-evangelicals believed their settlement should remain within current lands of the Palestinian Authority (23%; P=0.043).
No differences were noted between groups regarding who their professors favored during their education, most commonly the Palestinians (17% evangelical, 26% non-evangelical). Further, both groups recognized Israel’s right to defend themselves against foreign threats (39% evangelical, 33% non-evangelical).
Despite the strong statistical differences observed between groups, the response to this survey was less than usually received by Teleios, being about one-third of normal. Further the number of responses marked as ‘unsure’ was unusually high, ranging from 15-68%. These two observations in both young evangelicals and non-evangelicals imply there may be a high attitude of non-engagement about the Israeli-Palestine issue or lack of knowledge.
This survey suggests strong differences between young evangelicals and non-evangelicals regarding the moral correctness of Israel’s political and foreign policies as well as their right to exist; evangelicals being strongly supportive of Israel and non-evangelicals being strongly supportive of Palestine.
All the findings of the survey can be found here.
WC Stewart, JA Stewart, LA Nelson
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