Following the war in Lebanon, there's been a huge surge of support for Israel
(H/T: IRIS Blog
The American public's support for Israel has risen sharply following the war with Hizbullah, according to a survey conducted by a Washington think tank.
While many in the United States back Israel because of its support for US policies and its Western, democratic culture and values, Israel's political backing found its base in American Christian beliefs, a survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reported on August 23.
Some 42 percent of Americans believe "Israel was given to the Jewish people by God," while 35% said they believed the state of Israel was "part of the fulfillment of biblical prophecy about the second coming of Jesus."
Pew reported that as of mid-August, 52% of Americans sympathized with Israel while 11% backed the Palestinians. Less than a month earlier, Pew found 44% support for Israel and 9% for the Palestinians, with the remainder of those surveyed either expressing no sympathies or equal support for the two sides.
"Beliefs about the Bible are closely related to views about the state of Israel," Pew found. According to the report, "Large majorities of those who view the Bible as the literal word of God say that Israel was given by God to the Jews and that Israel is the fulfillment of prophecy - 70% and 62%, respectively. These figures are much lower among those who do not believe the Bible is the actual word of God."
Support for Israel was highest in the US South, where 56% said the Land of Israel was given to the Jews by God and 45% said the state of Israel fulfilled biblical prophecy. The comparable figures for the Northeast region were 24% and 22%, respectively.
With this, I gotta say - God Bless America!