Reciprocal Autonomy and Settlement

Published on 1/27/1989 | | by Emanuel Winston | 0 Comments
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This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series A Usable Peace Plan

Consider a process wherein Israel agrees to accept a modest number of “refugee” Palestinians into Judea and Samaria under a settlement/ autonomy plan.  Concurrently, Jordan would be publically invited to accept a similar number of Palestinian refugees and re-settle them on what is called the East Bank of the Jordan.

The underlying plan would evaluate various factors to make such a settlement program feasible.  This would include acceptable density of population specified by the known culture; land availability, i.e. arable land as opposed to arid land, such as is the bulk of the West Bank; integration of population based upon similar backgrounds, natural resources of water, waste disposal, infrastructure for employment, etc.  Funding would be provided by the U.S., Europe and ‘moderate’ Arab nations as a Middle Eastern self-help plan/grant program.

The initiating process would take a considerable number of years. First, there would be the expected rejection of the concept by Jordan and the Arab nations.  The PLO would vocally downgrade the concept, but the idea of establishing roots in Jordan with an eye to future expansion would be quite attractive to the PLO.  The logic of the concept would please sophisticated Western minds and thought processes.

It is clear that the small territorial enclaves of Judea, Samaria and Gaza are mostly either a mountain side or already inhabited by local Palestinians.  Research would demonstrate that compressing what is called the “Palestinian refugee problem” into the West Bank/Gaza is a certain guarantee for seething anger and constant war with Israel.  This unsettled State of “New Palestine” would soon spread to other nations in the area, again affecting the free trade and secure access to oil in which the West is so interested.

Although the previous recommendation called “Jordan is Palestine” is operative, it should NOT be mentioned in connection with this plan. This previous plan sounded adversarial and was not accompanied with the sort of thought needed to appear viable in the eyes of the other side.

The matter of densification would be irrelevant to the PLO, since it would in a way be highly desirable.  Compressing several million people into a small area would provide the same breeding grounds for hate, volunteer youth and eventually a well-trained and dedicated military force (like Lebanon).  It would also draw in substantial funds from the Arab and humanitarianistic West.  I believe that once the population would start to grow, the PLO would initiate another ‘intifada’, but on a grander scale with serious weapons.

The surrounding Arab nations in cooperation with the PLO, would immediately eject their unwanted Palestinians, but would likely add to them other groups they consider a problem.  In essence, we would have a replay of the mixed multitudes that came with Moses or the Mariel Cuban boat criminals dumped out of prisons and mental institutions.  You may also recall the Nigerians ejecting the Biafrans, ignoring the fact that there was simply no place for them to go. All roads would lead to the designated “New Palestine”, with those roads being clogged by pitiful refugees.  Naturally, Israel would be blamed for all the ills of dislocation instead of the countries who ejected their unwanteds.

What then is the probability of Jordan’s King Hussein willingly accepting such a plan?  Regretfully, very low.  I would imagine that the initial rejection would be unequivocal.  However, if the plan is logical and recognizes the problem of massive resettlement, then the U.S. and the Europeans will receive it with some interest.  Although their normal response is to go with the Arab view, on this issue even the most biased cannot ignore the matter of physics: One simply cannot put 2 pounds of matter into a 1 pound hole (unless it is the astronomical black hole).   Indeed, the West Bank could become such a phenomenal ‘black hole’, if the world insists on compressing Palestinian humanity into such a space.  War would follow war, with human resources destroyed daily.

The plan must be designed to appeal to the American public and Congress.  The White House and State Department would likely be willing to overlook the demographic problems of a West Bank Palestinian State, if it gave them the appearance of a short-term political solution.  The American people and Congress could be swayed the other way, because they understand the problems of overcrowded cities, gangs who roam the streets, drugs and uncontrollable crime.  This story can be very persuasive, if presented properly.

If the plan is to include Jordan with its large land mass, water resources, current majority of Palestinians and its need for additional population is rejected, then negotiations will bog down.  It then becomes imperative for Israel to make its case as an expert in resettling people with the same cultures and religion.  Israel will ask the Arab nations to assist Jordan in this great humanitarian gesture of initially accepting several hundred thousand of their own family.

Note!  I will assume that comparative studies in population density exist.  Nations with a refined culture such as Japan have been able to evolve patterns of daily living despite the pressure of a dense population on limited space.  On the other hand, Cairo shows a seething mass of poverty, with people living in cemeteries and combing garbage dumps for food.  It is academic information such as this which should be brought forward, indicating Israel’s serious intent to help solve the problem.  However, there are some statistics, likely developed by the same nations calling for this compression, which will also prove that, even though the Arab nations would delight in Israel’s problems with burgeoning refugee camps, the West will see the limitations of overloading in terms of unceasing conflict.  Again it must be demonstrated that this will not benefit their economic global plans.

Since America, the ECM, and Japan among other industrial nations, see the world through cash flow, trade and political power, it is necessary to provide additional planning to satisfy that thrust.                       

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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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