Over 80% of US Christians back Israel

Sunday, April 13, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Over 80 percent of US Christians - including Evangelicals, mainstream Protestants and Catholics - say they have a "moral and biblical obligation" to support Israel, according to the results of a recent poll released last Thursday.

Commissioned by bestselling author Joel Rosenberg's Joshua Fund aid organization, the poll showed that while support for Israel was strongest among Evangelical Christians at 89 percent, an overwhelming 76 percent of Catholics also agreed they have a divine mandate to back the reborn Jewish state.

Well over half of the 1,000 Christians polled said Israel should not divide Jerusalem as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians, and a 76 percent majority warned that a sovereign Palestinian state either could or certainly would become a terrorist and terror-supporting entity.

Two-thirds of American Christians believe Israel is completely justified in its concern that a nuclear-armed Iran would attack the Jewish state or facilitate others in the region in doing so.

And finally, 45 percent of respondents said that US presidential candidates' support for and commitment to defending Israel from regional threats would influence their votes in the upcoming American presidential election.

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