We sat 5,000-plus strong in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the District of Columbia for three intense days of Christians United For Israel (CUFI) 10th summit on July 12-14. We came from all across the nation (including 95 members from other countries and 500 college students). We came to lobby Congress and voice our concerns regarding the pending deal with Iran and once again give our undying support for the nation of Israel, their right to the land of Israel and to stand against all forms of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hatred.
Upon arriving for our last briefing, we heard the news of the signed deal with Iran, the arch enemy of not only Israel, but also of America ("A 'good enough' agreement," July 24). I realized at that moment the awesome privilege to be on hand to address this issue in the halls of Congress that very day — like Esther of old we had come to the Kingdom for such a time as this.
I refer to the excellent article by Ellen Ginsberg Simon in the Jewish Times ("Actions Always Speak Louder Than Words," July 9) . Every God-fearing person, especially those who represent us in the halls of democracy, should read that article and take every word of it to heart. To quote from the article "In the very midst of negotiations with Western powers, Iran has stepped up its involvement in regional proxy wars, overtly supporting the Houthi rebels in Yemen. It is attempting to open a new terror front in the Golan Heights. It continues to bolster Bashar al Assad's regime, spending what some experts estimate to be up to $15 billion a year of its sanctions-strained economic resources to do so. It funnels arms to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip and bankrolls Hezbollah in Lebanon. Imagine what Iran will be able to do if sanctions relief frees up $150 billion for its misuse. If Iran is willing to spend so much on fomenting regional instability while strapped for cash, it is hard to believe that it will direct this windfall toward the betterment of its population as opposed to stepping up its historically aggressive activities." Her article continues with Iran's support of terror and violence and non-adherence to prior agreements. She concludes, "Our leaders have taken their eyes off the ball. ... In deciding whether to approve a final agreement Congress should be paying attention to Iran's actions."
Does anyone need to be told that the evil of our times is more blatant than the evil that came with the rise of the Third Reich? As has been said, "All it takes for evil to succeed is for good people to do nothing." Surely, there is evil lurking behind the smiling facades, placating words and the expensive suits of the negotiators who are mesmerized by the fact that we are willing to foot the bill for what amounts to, not only Israel's death certificate, but our own as well.
Thankfully, Israel has not been proxy to any such agreement. And thankfully there is still a God in Israel who never slumbers nor sleeps — whose words through Mordecai to a reluctant Esther (Esther 4:14) are echoing again through the corridors of time. "…if you remain silent at such a time as this deliverance will arise for the Jews from some other source but you and your father's house will perish."
I believe the God of Israel is calling again for Mordecais and Esthers ("for those who will fast and pray and give Him no rest until He makes Jerusalem a praise on the earth") to do everything that we can by lobbying our congressmen and senators and standing up for what is right in the face of so blatant an evil.
Mae Bochau, Gwynn Oak
The writer is founder of Ruth International, Inc.