America recognizes Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights

Fredy Winkler

Interestingly, President Trump’s announcement that America recognizes Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights didn’t exactly cause an uproar in the Arab world. Assad isn’t very popular in that region; and, at the moment, the Arab world has other, more important concerns. The spread of Shiite ideology in Iran is a growing existential threat to the wealthy, oil-producing nations. Therefore, the actions that America and Israel are taking to hinder Iranian advancement in Syria are actually welcomed.

After 52 years, to whom should the Golan Heights be returned? To Syria, a nation that is divided and torn by sectarian religious wars; that has repeatedly avoided a peace treaty with Israel, and has instead allied itself with Iran, a nation whose government has sworn to eliminate the nation of Israel?

Who would have thought, 10 years ago, that Arab nations would say, “Israel is doing the right thing”?

The only nations to immediately criticize Trump were Turkey and Russia, two nations that should have kept quiet, because they have done exactly the same thing: Turkey in northern Cyprus and Russia in the Crimea. Maybe it’s just easier to criticize a tiny, defenseless nation like Israel.

The timing of America’s recognition was criticized by the political opposition in Israel as indirect election assistance for Netanyahu, but from left to right across Israel’s political spectrum, the decision itself was welcomed as historic and long-overdue.

Israel’s Prime Minister thanked President Trump with the words, “At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Thank you, President Trump!” President Trump has sent a clear message to the entire world, “America stands with Israel.”

American Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who was in Israel and preparing to travel to Lebanon when the announcement was made, stated, “We’re going to be very clear about how America sees Hezbollah and our expectations about how Lebanon’s success depends on the Lebanese people (demanding) that a terrorist organization not be in control of their government and not drive policies and create risk for their country as well.”—Hezbollah is a terrorist organization, supported by the Iranian Islamic Republic, whose goal is the destruction of Israel; and, if you listen closely, also western democracies and the United States. America will increase its pressure on Iran to change its policies, with the simple goal of making Iran behave like a normal country. Iran has to stop its bombing and suicide missions and end its provocation and support of terror, including its support of Hezbollah, Hamas and Houthi. “That’s what we expect from all nations, even Iran.”

The fact that America’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights didn’t cause an “uproar” in the Arab world, shows how drastically the situation in the Middle East has changed in the last 10 years. Covertly, the people there might even sympathize with Israel and America.

For Israel, the clear position of the United States comes at a time when concerns over the northern threat are at a serious enough scale, where they might need a strong ally more than ever.

In the knowledge that God directs the fates of all peoples and kingdoms of this world—in spite of the apparent chaos—so that His plan for building His kingdom will be fulfilled.

News from Israel - 05/2019

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