18 Mar 2019

Enemies Within

As yet another example of subversives in government that have undermined both Israel and the U.S., former “special envoy” for Presidents Clinton and Obama, Martin Indyk, claims that Arab states will not accept continued Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. In a report from the Jerusalem Post, Indyk-the-Menace tips his hand:

“Like it or not, the Golan Heights are Syrian territory,” Indyk said on Twitter. “To recognize Israel’s annexation of territory that is not its own is to play with fire.”

Like all leftists, Indyk massages the message and data to buttress his left-wing views. From a recent tweet:

“Not that anyone in Trump or Netanyahu land cares, but for the US to recognize Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights would be a direct contravention of UN Security Council Resolution 242, which the United States co-authored, and Israel accepted.” 

This is false. And it is an old falsehood. 

Crafted by British and American diplomats in the fall of 1967, in the shadow of the Six Day War, Resolution 242 says this: 

“(i) Withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict; 

“(ii) Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force.” 

From territories. 

Not from all the territories. 

This has been understood for two generations. 

Since Camp David in 1979, and Oslo in 1993, Israel has returned 93 percent of the territory won in the Six Day War. They have returned many territories. 

Indyk and his ilk conveniently gloss over this because it doesn’t fit their narrative of full Israeli capitulation. 

Indyk claims that five former Israeli prime ministers were prepared to give up the Golan, returning it to Syrian control. Israel took the territory in a defensive was in 1967, and the region is vital to Israel’s permanent security interests. 

Indyk doesn’t care. He’s a globalist, a Swamp Creature that isn’t personally harmed by the kind of reckless diplomacy he and his friends have conjured up in recent decades. He says that a return of the Golan to Syria is of course out of the question now—given that the fiendish Assad regime has disintegrated and Iran and Russia are keeping him safe while the country suffers all sorts of torments—but that on that sunny day when Syria becomes a Utopia, Israel must give up the Golan. 

If you’ve been to Israel, you can see the vulnerability of the northern border without even standing on the border. Stand on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and you’ll be able to look up behind you and see how Syrians were able to shell Israelis for years before 1967. 

Indyk doesn’t care about this because it doesn’t affect him. 

Finally, why in the world would Israel be interested in discussing the Golan? Even Hezbollah is strapped for cash and on the skids, much like Arafat was in 1991 when the Bush Administration dragged him out of hiding in a Tunisian cave. Plus, the Arab states in the region are looking for protection from Israel—irony of ironies—and are in no mood to help Syria do anything. 

The downside to Indyk’s statements though is that it reminds us once again that the Left never abandons a disastrous model. At some point in the future, will Israel be pressured to give up the Golan? 

You can count on it. 

Jim1fletcher@yahoo.com

 

11 Mar 2019

And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the Lord gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him. (Judges 4:14)

A Remarkable Woman

I intended to write about something else this week, something about Israel’s political situation.

Then came word that a dear friend is near death.

Ramona Lewis, the wife of my late mentor, David Allen Lewis, is in hospice care at her Springfield, Missouri home. Many in the Rapture Ready family remember them. David Allen Lewis Ministries operated for many years in Springfield, just up the road from where I live. David and Mona remain among the very best people I’ve ever met, and that includes their children, Becky and Sandy, and their families.

In the 1950s, David married Mona, and promised her adventure and love. When he died in 2007, he left with no regrets. David was a giant among men, and I dearly loved him. I saw him a month before he died and he whispered, “I love you” as I left him that day.

The one-time Assemblies of God evangelist and his young bride set off on the adventure of a lifetime. More than 40 trips to Israel and their two wonderful girls were just part of a life lived well.

In all of it, Mona remained the rock. Simply a good woman, she also had that steely resolve that helped them weather storms.

Eventually, Becky Brimmer would head Bridges of Peace, the Jerusalem-based pro Israel juggernaut. Sandy Howell would help manage David Allen Lewis Ministries. When I went to Israel for the first time in 1998, it was with the Lewis family. It remains forever one of my very best memories.

David was a character. He and I traveled around the country gathering interviews for what would become the book, The Last War. It was through him that I met iconic figures, like Ariel Sharon and David Bar Illan. We had beluga caviar at the Dan Hotel in Tel Aviv, and met with the journalist Yehuda Levy.

In Tel Aviv, we had a memorable evening meal with the Dry Bones cartoonist Yaakov Kirschen. Over the sounds of silverware and clinking glasses, I listened as the two men discussed everything from Israeli politics, and biased international media, to Ezekiel’s timeless prophecies.

In every moment, though, Mona was there as a pillar of strength.

An extremely gracious woman, she was however more circumspect than her flamboyant husband. She was protective of him, and was of course his lifelong confidant. People followed David Lewis, but they were drawn to Mona.

I was David’s book editor for a number of years, and Mona’s help was invaluable there, too. I’m not a naturally “personable person,” but I was always drawn to Mona and felt much better for having been in her home.

I feel odd (and maybe macabre, though I don’t intend to be!) writing about Mona in the past tense, but it’s clear she will see her beloved again soon. So I wanted to honor her and make what will be a feeble attempt at simply shining a spotlight on her. She rarely had that in life, but without her, there would have been no David Allen Lewis Ministries. The positive work they did for Israel is literally incalculable. God knows, and He has His rewards at the ready.

I will always see her with that serene smile, and a face shining with love for her beloved. They were a true team. Now they will have eternity to explore God’s Kingdom.

The Lord always went before them.

If you would like to drop a card to the Lewis family and let them know how much they’ve impacted your life, you can send to: 304 East Farm Road 186, Springfield, Missouri 65810. You may also consider a gift to Bridges for Peace. Thank you!

Jim1fletcher@yahoo.com