Published on 04/14/1999 | by Emanuel Winston | Archived in: Jerusalem


Jerusalem is the capital of Israel

Something ugly is once again growing in the “organized” Jewish community, namely, the unmanly art of “avoidance”.  The subject is the building of an American Embassy in Jerusalem as Congress mandated by law should be done by May 31, 1999.

On April 25th Jews are coming to rally in Washington to press for a positive conclusion to this sad state of political affairs between Washington and Jerusalem.  The opposition, President Clinton, Madeleine Albright, the Vatican, in addition to the Arabs, does not want Jerusalem designated as the capital of the Jewish nation.  Instead, they want Jerusalem to become some sort of internationalized city where all are supposedly free to worship.

Over the centuries, when Jerusalem was in the hands of either her Christian or Moslem conquerors, neither allowed the other freedom of worship and both denied such basic freedom to the Jews.  After 1948 the Jews codified into law the right to worship for all and Israel has assisted various religions to have absolutely unimpeded access to their shrines, churches and mosques.  The visiting Christian clergy and lay visitors give rave reviews to Israel’s care and their easy access to their holy sites.  But, not so the Muslims, although Israel has given them full access to their holy places – even over the rights of Jews to pray at their holy sites.

The German rotating head of the EU (European Union) issued a dictum telling Israel that “Jerusalem is NOT their territory or capital.”  The Europeans showed their visceral hatred by turning in their Jews to the Nazis during WWII and is again showing their deadly racism. President Clinton, closely linked to the EU, is fighting the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by refusing to place its Embassy there, in deference to Arab Moslem claims which are almost delusional in their paucity of supporting fact.  A telling example is that the Moslem Koran never mentions Jerusalem once and the Bible mentions Jerusalem 667 times.

One very serious problem in correcting this anomaly seems to stem from our liberal Jewish organizations who are carrying avoidance to a high state of the art. When asked to join in meetings or rallies to support Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, they plead such excuses that it’s too political or refuse to inform their groups or find some other inane excuse for their absence in order not to risk confronting Clinton and Albright, et al.  They seem to fear losing their “privilege” of being invited to special White House “briefings” to rub shoulders with American royalty.  This isn’t the problem of the “Mouse that Roared” losing its voice but that the mouse cannot bring itself to even squeak.

To a few of the so-called leaders of our community: you are shirking your responsibilities to your members, to the State of Israel, to Jerusalem, the only capital the Jewish people ever had and to the Jewish people, the only people who ever made Jerusalem their capital.

My next essay will specify by name those who were contacted and either offered poor excuses for not doing their best or who refuse outright to try to persuade Congress to force Clinton and the State Department to comply with Congressional Legislation or to cut State Department funding until their embargo against Jerusalem is cured.

About the Author



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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