If Israel’s continued survival depended on Americans Jews, the one and only Jewish state would not stand a chance.
That’s what the results of a new Pew Research Poll suggest.
While finding a supermajority (82 percent) of white U.S. evangelicals believe God gave Israel to the Jewish people, the survey reveals only 40 percent of American Jews believe that.
Even discounting the fact that 23 percent of American Jews say they don’t believe in God, with another 5 percent declining to say, evangelicals still believe the reconstituted state of Israel is a gift from God in bigger numbers than Jews (82 percent to 55 percent).
The evangelicals also want America to back Israel more strongly. Among Jews, 54 percent say American support of the Jewish state is “about right,” while 31 percent say the U.S. is not supportive enough. By contrast, more white evangelical Protestants say the U.S. is not supportive enough of Israel (46 percent) than say support is about right (31 percent).
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The evangelicals are also more realistic about peace efforts between Israel and its neighbors. When asked if there is a way for Israel and an independent Arab Palestinian state to coexist peacefully, 61 percent of American Jews say yes, while one-third say no. Among white evangelical Protestants, 42 percent say Israel and an independent Palestinian state can coexist peacefully, while 50 percent say this is not possible.
Even taking the miraculous out of the equation, American Jews are hopelessly optimistic that Arabs are going to accept the Jewish state – despite the fact that Palestinian Arab leaders reject even the prospect of Jews being allowed to live in the nation they demand for themselves. They discount that Muslim neighbors really mean what they say about destroying Israel and driving all Jews out of their own country. They apparently don’t take seriously repeated calls for the annihilation of all Jews in the Middle East.
In other words, American Jews are living in a humanistic fantasy world.
Think about it.
Jews have been waiting for their Messiah for 4,000 years. Some have assumed the state of Israel itself is their Messiah. But not even a majority of America Jews believe God promised them a land of their own and made good on that promise.
As an evangelical myself, I look at the evidence and see only one nation in the history of the world that ceased to exist for nearly 2,000 years and came back from the dead – from dry bones – just as it was prophesied in Ezekiel 37.
Nations have come and gone, but none except Israel came, went and came back again, fulfilling the predictions of the Hebrew prophets to a T.
That Israel defied all odds in being born again after more than 1,900 years and defended itself successfully for the last 65 years against enemies that outnumber Israeli Jews more than 10 to one is a fact. It’s a historical reality no one can deny. It’s one of the best evidences that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is real and that He lives up to His promises.
But American Jews are in denial about these facts.
And it makes the miracle of Israel even more compelling.
The supernatural reality of Israel in the world today is even more astonishing when you consider that most American Jews don’t even see the hand of God behind this miracle.
Instead, they apparently attribute it to the work of men alone.
Even as Israel continues to face existential threats from its powerful, well-armed and wealthy neighbors, American Jews are in denial about the God they claim to worship.
As an Arab-American evangelical I am perplexed, bemused and grieved by such unbelief.