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A Usable Peace Plan

Published on 1/27/1989 | | by Emanuel Winston | 0 Comments
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This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series A Usable Peace Plan

It appears that Israel is expected to come up with a working agenda for the West Bank Palestinians…or the U.S., Soviet Union and Europe will impose a solution.  The imposition of this solution would be wrapped in diplomatic jargon and probably within the framework of an International Peace Conference, as envisioned by Mr. Peres.  The U.S. expects Israel to allow the establishment of a semblance of a Palestinian State, satisfactory to the Arab nations, local Palestinians residents and the PLO.  This framework would include the removal of Jewish settlers and turning the completed towns and cities over to the incoming refugees as turn-key housing.

It has always been my opinion that the ‘intifada’ was started with the tacit approval of the U.S. and certain individuals in Israel who believed that the only answer to the Palestinian problem was to offer that homeland in the West Bank and because they could visualize no other solution.  The European Common Market, of course, backed the overall concept for some time, but would not use the pressure of a trade embargo until the U.S. took the lead and first political heat.  The Arafat gambit was finessed by the U.S. State Department.  It almost has become irrelevant as to how Arafat, or any division of his, might act in the future.  Obviously, the objective was merely to get past the restrictive point of Kissinger’s commitment which called for certain expressions by the PLO in order for public contacts to begin.

All of this has now passed the point of no return and Israel can assume that a great deal of pressure will be applied requiring Israel’s obedience to the will of an unsympathetic majority.  Although the U.S. has frequently made public statements of eternal protection of Israel’s well-being, clearly, where trade, power and profits are concerned, statements of support are irrelevant.  If these forces coalesce, Israel will be in a poor strategic position to resist.

Various pundits and newspapers make the case that Prime Minister Shamir will not have substantive ideas for his visit to America in March.  Perhaps you already have many concepts to deliver, but I am sure you would be willing to consider one more.

The concept I have in mind contemplates a proposal that, by its very nature, must be studied for a long time.  This would, of course, slow down the process of coercion by our friends…and our enemies.

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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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