July 29th, 2013 by Emanuel Winston | Archived in: Jerusalem


Whose Jerusalem?

Every nation on this planet has been accorded the unchallenged right to choose which of their cities will be their capital – except for the Jewish State of Israel.

The nations who arrogate to themselves the right to choose their own capital have told Israel that 3000 years of history is irrelevant.  Yassir Arafat (supported by oil rich Arab/Muslim nations and oil-consuming nations) has claimed Jerusalem as the capital of his future neo-state of Palestine because, he claims, Jerusalem is Islam’s third holiest city.

You may wonder, when Mohammed, the founder of Islam, rejected Jerusalem and chose Mecca, ‘Why is this claim by Muslims made now and accepted by the West?’  Mohammed never mentioned Jerusalem by name in the Koran, whereas, the Jewish Bible mentions it 667 times and three times daily in prayer facing toward Jerusalem from every part of the world.

There are several reasons: First, because the Jews miraculously reunited Jerusalem in 1967 and made her glow, therefore, now the Arabs want her.  Second, Yassir Arafat, born in Egypt, has the task of unifying a people who migrated into Palestine from all parts of the Arab world as the Jews, returning to their ancient homeland, created jobs and improved health conditions.  Drawing them under the umbrella of Jerusalem, with her ancient and illustrious history, would give the Palestinians an instant history.

The nations of the world are willing to accept this bit of historical revisionism because they believe (or at least hope) that the Arabs will be satisfied and cease their unending terrorism as a political response.

Great armies have swept through the region, bent on conquering the Land of Israel and her Capital Jerusalem.  But, they craved more than the golden stones of the City.  Then, as now, they wanted to own the mystique of the powerful invisible G-d, housed in the Temple built for Him by the Jews.  Not having the privilege to confront the Deity, each built their own shrines on the foundations of the destroyed First and Second Temples of the Jewish people, trying to absorb the power of the Jews’ invisible Holy G-d.  But, while Jerusalem was in their possession, no non-Jewish conqueror made Jerusalem their capital.

While Jordan had control over the eastern part of Jerusalem for 19 years from 1948 to 1967, no Arab leader visited the city and the Jews who lived in areas then controlled by Jordan were forced out or killed.  The King destroyed 58 synagogues in what is now called Arab east Jerusalem and used the Jewish burial monuments on the Mount of Olives as paving stones for roads through this ancient Jewish cemetery and splash plates for urinals.  The destruction and the severance of Jerusalem from the Jewish people was not merely a wanton act but one considered necessary by the Muslim clerics.


When Arafat complained that the City of Jerusalem was being Judaized, he reflected the Muslim belief that, if the Jews could be separated from their source of strength, they could be defeated…and he was right. Similarly, when the hair of Samson was shorn by the Philistines, he and the Jewish nation became weak and were easily defeated.  While we in the West consider these beliefs trivial and mere fables, nevertheless, claiming Jerusalem as Muslim has now become a tenet of their faith which is being manipulated for political reasons.

Herein lies the claim by the Arab nations that Jerusalem is their third holiest city.  The Jews have Jerusalem; she makes them powerful. The Arab armies have lost to Israel six times.  Therefore, Islam must retake the City in blood – not by treaty.  The Jews must not be allowed to have this City as their capital and Jerusalem must be made Muslim as soon as possible. They proclaim this freely and often.

Arafat has repeatedly declared since he signed Oslo September 1993 that:  “We will take the whole Land of Israel from the River (Jordan) to the Sea (Mediterranean), and Jerusalem will be the capital of that State and only that State – and whoever doesn’t like it, can go drink Gaza (or Dead) Sea water.”  His maps, stationary, official documents, soldiers’ insignias, TV station logos, children’s textbooks, etc. all show “Palestine” superimposed totally over the State of Israel.

It must be difficult for most Westerners to understand that an ancient war over who are the Chosen servants of G-d continues on in modern times.  Presently, the PC (politically correct) method of separating the Jews from Jerusalem is to demand internationalization and freedom of worship for all peoples.  Any first year theology or history student already knows that, every conqueror of Jerusalem denied freedom of worship to all others – until the Israeli Jews reclaimed Jerusalem in 1967.  They passed a law which mandates freedom of religion and access to all Temples, Shrines, Churches and Mosques.  All are welcome and delighted with their warm reception.

The same cannot be said for the Muslims who have always denied access for Jews who wish to pray at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the Tombs of the Patriarchs in Hebron and other Holy Jewish Sites.  In the Arab world at large, especially Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Libya the ‘people of the book’ (both Jews and Christians who follow the Bible) are not hospitably received or simply denied entry, but called “Dhimmis”, a second-class, tolerated people who must pay a special tax to be “protected”.

Regrettably, there are non-observant Jews with little regard for national memory who are ready to barter Jerusalem, with the unsubstantiated concept that this final concession will bring peace.  This is unlikely, since the Arabs suffer the Shame of having lost six wars to the Jews, they must reclaim their Pride through war and not a paper agreement.

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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