Published on 05/06/1999 | by Emanuel Winston | Archived in: Jerusalem


2. Who wants Jerusalem? – Everyone!

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The final status of Jerusalem

Jews have kept Jerusalem in their hearts and minds as their Eternal Capital for 3000 years but now many nations and groups claim her. A non-people wishes to replace Israel with a State called Palestine with Jerusalem as the capital of only that State.  Their maps show Palestine completely covering the State of Israel. These resident Arabs are only recently called Palestinians, after the name the Romans invented to obscure the Israel/Jew in Israel/Judea.  Until the State of Israel was declared in 1948, the term “Palestinian” was a pejorative used by the British for the Jews living in then Palestine and their birth certificates and passports were stamped: “Palestinian”.

The so-called Arab Palestinians are not a national peoplehood. The majority are descendants of migrant Arabs from neighboring nations.  Jewish immigration was severely limited by the British, but the Arabs moved freely into this area, growing prosperous with the brains and energy of newly immigrant Jews fleeing religious and ethnic oppression from all over the world. “From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine” by Joan Peters chronicles these migrations by Jews and Arabs. The Jews were happy to have a bit of land and were willing to work and live with the Arabs but the Arabs then, as now, didn’t reciprocate those feelings.  They rejected the petition and promptly attacked the Jews.  The Arab nations who had allied themselves with Hitler and lost now wanted to kill the Jewish remnant escaping from Europe.

The so-called Arab Palestinians have shown a greed for the Jews’ land and capital, Jerusalem, which is now supported by the Clinton Administration.  Their spurious claims began only since 1967 when Jerusalem was reunited by the Israelis’ victory in the 6 Days War.  Lurking behind these false claims is an ever present racist hatred for the Jewish people who refused Islamic leadership centuries ago. The Arabs have not and will not keep any agreements with the Jews from the time of Mohammed to Arafat.

Arafat frequently declares Oslo is the same as the Hudabiaya Treaty that Mohammed made with the Jews in Mecca of the Quarish tribe: that they could pray in Mecca.  Two years later, when militarily stronger, Mohammed conquered and massacred all the Jewish men, sending the women and children into slavery. President Clinton knows that history but refuses to acknowledge the reality.

What motivates these new claimants – and their supporters in the West?

Can an American President of a nation only 222 years old actually believe that his opinion matters against the 3000+ years of recorded history that Jerusalem was only the capital of the Jews?  Sooner or later we will learn why an immoral President and his State Department is so solicitous for the head of an unrepentant terror organization.

All of the nations backing those false claimants have their own capital cities – most of which were merely forests or swamps 3000 years ago.  They have freely chosen their capitals but, as in the past, these nations deny this same unalienable right to the Jews and suspend the Right of Law.  Even now radical groups in Europe and Africa wish to break away from the nation to create their own State, only to be violently suppressed by the same regimes that accept Arafat’s demands.

The Arabs always considered Mecca followed by Medina as their religious focus.  Now, they suddenly tell us that Jerusalem is their third holiest city, with public relations money gushing out globally, particularly in the West, whose minions seem willing to accept any absurd revision of history that comes from the Arabs.  Strangely, it was Mohammed who turned both his back and his prayers (quibla) away from Jerusalem because it was so imbued with Jewish essence and the fact that the Jews refused his offer of a new religion to be led by him.  Forever after Mohammed ordered his desert followers to pray to Mecca, which they do to this day.

The Christians adopted a Jewish man as their connection to the Jewish G-d but, through the centuries they murdered the Jewish descendants of the man they call the son of G-d.  Now, the Vatican joins a world class killer (Arafat) to demand that the Jews internationalize Jerusalem so all may worship freely.  Only under the Jewish law are all religions in Israel free to worship at their chosen church, mosque or synagogue in Israel and in Jerusalem.  By comparison look at the Arab nations’ policy on non-Islamic minorities. Observe their hostility to all non-Islamic religions. They say: “First the Saturday people; then the Sunday people.”  Presently, Christians in Moslem countries are being massacred and forced out of their homes – and the Church remains silent.

Throughout history Jerusalem became a focal point for conquerors seeking to prove that their army was guided by their god. They alleged that their victory over the Jews thereby proved their god was superior and the only god.  All tried to capture this seat of mystical power in order to add it to their own god-heads, thereby making them, secular and religious, stronger than any other nation.

The question of “Whose Jerusalem?” is mute, given the fact that all of her many invaders always recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and seat of G-d’s Power.  When the nations decided to attack and conquer, it was Jerusalem that was the ultimate prize.  However, no conqueror was able to capture the thing they most wanted, namely the Soul and the G-d of Jerusalem.  Their armies may have captured the bricks and mortar, the Two Holy Temples and the shrines of the other religions but, somehow, they could never capture the One G-d. Without the presence of a G-d they could see and understand, they occupied Jerusalem until the next conqueror displaced them.  Once again, an Arab would-be conqueror is clearly identifying Jerusalem as the capital he wants.

No people in the past would ever make Jerusalem their capital – except the Jews.

Each conqueror was desperate to have this elusive, invisible G-d merged into their god cult in order to rule the earth. It would have been easy to acquire the blessing of the One G-d.  They merely had to join the Jews, accept G-d’s Laws and enter His Covenant. Jews are not required to proselytize but always welcomed the Ger (stranger) provided he or she adopted and practiced G-d’s Law.

Why didn’t they merely adopt the worship of a G-d they said  they recognized as the Supreme Being as did the people G-d chose to minister to Him?   Perhaps because men wanted an easy pathway to G-d and G-d had laid down some difficult rules to live by…613 to be exact plus the 10 Commandments.  Only the Jews accepted these rules for living.

All tricks were tried to subdue Jerusalem and subdue the Jewish people.  Conquerors desecrated the Holy of Holies in the Jewish Temple by slaughtering unclean animals, especially pigs, on the Holy Altar. The Romans found a people so dedicated to their G-d and His Holy Place in Jerusalem (the Temple’s Holy of Holies) that Rome had to literally burn the Temple and City, raze the walls, poison the wells and pack the surrounding earth with salt so nothing would grow and the city would die so the Jews would have nothing to return to. Even when exiled, some Jews always remained and all those in exile prayed three times a day to return to Jerusalem.  The city slumbered until the Jews returned.

Rome of today demands a major share in Jerusalem through internationalization of the City.   Rome recognized the centrality of this city to the Jews and chose to destroy it, if they could not have it or why else would the Holy See have made a Faustian bargain with the Devil. The Vatican is even now building an embassy in Jerusalem, in anticipation of the re-division of the City.

The Americans, under Clinton, are refusing to build its Embassy in Jerusalem – even though America is mandated to do so by law.  An almost unanimous Congressional vote in November 1995 created the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act, which requires that the American Embassy be built in Jerusalem by May 31, 1999.  The land has been purchased and Congress has appropriated the funds.  If the Administration does not so build, 50% of the funding for the State Department will be cut off.  However, there is a loophole.  Clinton can declare a waiver for 6 months for whatever he considers national security reasons.

As candidate for President, Clinton wrote June 14, 1992 that “I recognize Jerusalem as an undivided city and the eternal capital of Israel.”  Why are Clinton and his human shield of Leftist Jews so mysteriously supportive of the PLO, an unreconstructed terrorist organization? They refuse to grant Israel the recognition that Jerusalem is indeed the capital of the Jews and only the Jews.  In the eyes of many, the Clinton Administration has accepted the task of appeasing the Arabs by truncating Israel so viciously as to lead to her destruction.

This reportedly corrupt President must look to his future. He would expect to receive campaign contributions for a job well-done or to be done for payment received.  Let us follow the money trail after the Clintons leave office.  Let us see who bids for their services and where the money trail leads.

Jerusalem’s claimants falsely contend they are not free to worship because the City is in the hands of the Jews.  History tells a different and ugly story.  When Jerusalem was in the hands of the Christians or Moslems, each denied the other the freedom of worship and both denied it to the ever-present Jews.  Of course, both claimants slaughtered each other in the name of their respective gods and both equally slaughtered the Jews.

Today, Muslims and Christians freely visit their shrines, mosques and churches but, for propaganda reasons, they demand a freedom of worship that the Jews have already given them.  Now, these nations supporting radical Arabs tell the Jews – ‘Jerusalem is not quite yours since a non-people have claimed it.  We will decide in final negotiations whether you can have all or part or none of your capital.’ 

The European Union, in lockstep with Clinton and the Arabs, issued a dictum delivered by the current EU President, the German Gerhard Schroeder, that “Jerusalem was not the territory or the capital of Israel”. President Clinton wrote to Arafat: “set a one-year target for completion to decide the ‘disposition’ of Jerusalem as well as Israel’s security and territory”. (NEW YORK TIMES 4/27/99)

Some will think these depraved leaders very brave for standing up to the G-d of the Jews and telling Him He was wrong to give Jerusalem to the Jews.  Come to think of it, wherever on this globe the Jews chose to have their capital under the authority of the Supreme One, the world’s religions would have, no doubt, contested their right of location and ownership.  The nations of Europe implemented a deadly anti-Semitism for centuries and actively assisted in fulfilling Hitler’s genocidal plans for the Jews. Be assured the West will continue their hideous blood-thirsty practice in whatever form it takes.  History shows indisputably that these nations wish the Jews dead and they want the Arabs to do the deed.

When it came to the Jews, most of the Christian and Moslem nations would have free membership in a non-exclusive club for their efforts to eliminate the Jewish people, the Jewish State and the Jewish Capital.  But, if Islam conquers Judaism, who will win when the Moslems and Christians battle to have their religions recognized Number One and having G-d’s True Covenant?

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Manny Winston, my late husband, flew from Chicago to Israel to volunteer during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. He arrived with US secretary of state Henry Kissinger’s first ceasefire on October 21; I followed on October 30th.

Manny was picking grapefruit at Kibbutz Dalia when his friend, the artists, Sol Baskin called with a permit to enter the war zone. They drove to meet Gen. Ariel “Arik” Sharon at the Suez Canal. “Shalom” Baskin was part of the Mahal volunteers from America to the IDF, and a commissioned officer in Mahal. He was Arik’s commanding officer during the 1948 War of Independence, and they remained friends.

Manny brought his two Leica cameras and photographed an outstanding photo exposé on October 29 and 30. He saw and smelled the “killing fields” He met with Sharon, the young soldiers who had survived the destroyed tanks and he saw how the blown tank turret, flipped upside down destroyed the lives of those brave souls inside.

Manny did see these effects and, because he was a true Renaissance man, a graphic thinker who was a painter, sculptor and political analyst, he envisioned a solution to the weak point of the tank. He described a technique to conquer that weakness to Sharon, who sent him to Maj.-Gen. Israel Tal, the developer of the famed Merkava tank.

Manny’s “leap of imagination” created what became “Blazer” or “Reactive” Armor. He designed rectangles of hollow metal boxes with an explosive charge inside. These ‘so-called’ “skirts” were placed around the neck of the tank turret so that when hit, the explosive charge therein would push the incoming ballistic missile out, thereby saving the tank and its crew. This was compatible with the primary goal of Gen. Tal’s Merkava tanks: Defense of the Tank Crew.

That, along with speed, maneuverability, effective shooting and protection against damaging desert sand, were what made the Merkava “The Tank a Jewish Mother Would Love,” as Manny called it.

He also designed a better bridge for crossing the Canal – easier to carry and assemble, and less susceptible to the huge holes the tanks had already created on the day’s existing bridge.

Manny continued to submit creative concepts for defense and offense to Israel’s military industries – for which he received his Israeli citizenship and security clearance. Many of his concepts and ideas were adopted throughout the years. He never asked for credit or remuneration but even today, I see his concepts being used, either in action or in military articles. Someday I hope to publish the “WINSTON DEFENSE DESIGNS,” either online or in a book – a very big book, with his original drawings.

The Yom Kippur War was a seminal turning point in Israel’s history. We did win. It was a miracle, given the forces mounted against us, in number and backed up the Soviet Union.

We have 40 mounted color photographs by Emanuel A. Winston, ready to show at a traveling or permanent exhibition, which will enhance our appreciation of what our men and generals went through and achieved.

The Yom Kippur War was also a seminal turning point in the lives of the Winston family. It was our second trip to Israel. We had tried to make Aliyah in 1962 but didn’t succeed. I made Aliyah on November 7, 1979. Manny died on June 12, 2012, and is now buried on the Mount of Olives.

I sold the home he built in Highland Park, Illinois, in August 2012, and brought his manuscripts and published papers, to the home I built in Israel in 1992. Two of our sons and their families also live in the Jewish state.

My heartfelt message for you, the reader, is to invite all my friends, family and Internet friends to come to Israel. This is where a Jew can be truly Jewish.

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