Peace Plans

Published on 06/06/1985 | by Emanuel Winston | Archived in: Peace Plans


Peace: A misnomer in the Middle East

The word “peace” in the Middle East merely means, “the absence of war.” There has been unremitting pressure on Israel to “make peace.” This pressure was never really necessary, for Israel yearned for peace with its Arab neighbors. The Arabs, put simply, would not give Israel a moment’s peace. Even between wars, they launched terrorist attacks against the weakest civilian targets . . . women and children.

Those who pressed Israel for concessions did so merely because they did not want to lean on the Arabs for anything. The Israelis made great concessions, time after time, pursuing what the Americans or Western countries perceived of as peace. Nothing of consequence happened. In the much trumpeted Camp David Accords, Israel gave up a $17 billion dollar investment in the Sinai, plus $2 billion a year for oil, in exchange for a scrap of paper called “The Accords,” which the Egyptians have promptly abrogated.

We have watched the Arabs kill each other for a myriad of reasons when they were not directly attempting the destruction of the Jewish State of Israel. In short time the world has observed the ruthless and continuous barbaric actions of the Arabs often under the catch-all of fighting for Islamic principles. The internecine warfare between Arabs is not new, in fact, it dates back centuries.

Nasser of Egypt was using poison gas against the Sudanese in the late 40’s and 50’s. Syria attempted to invade Jordan in 1970 and was only turned back by a military threat from Israel. Syria considers Israel, Jordan and Lebanon to be part of Greater Syria and to be regained. Iraq and Iran have been at war since 1981, with Iraq using poison gas. In Lebanon, the PLO attempted and succeeded in enslaving the Lebanese population for 12 years. Now the factions of Shiites, Druze, Marionite Christians, Alawites, Syrians and PLO are engaged in a non-ending war of mutual elimination.

The PLO has been split into dozens of terror groups, each with a different name. Many of these splinter groups espouse different terror philosophies. They work separately and together. When convenient, they will invent a new name for special missions.

The Palestinian National Congress created the PLO in 1964 [before the 1967 Six Day War] and remains its supreme authority. Now the PNC is being polished up as a neutral negotiating body, to look like American professors with striped suits, ties, and sophisticated western accents. The PNC is like the Mafia, giving the PLO and all its little splinter terror groups their marching orders. No amount of washing up will get the blood off their hands.

It should be clear that regardless of what agreements may be signed, regardless of land given up, regardless of Super-power guarantees; there is little hope that the Arabs will indulge in so-called peace with Israel, when they cannot find peace for themselves.

Those who would thrust Israel into a mirage of peace are thrusting Israel into a fiery Hell, merely to accommodate their wrong-headed wishful thinking. Clearly, Israel’s basic enemies would like Israel to indulge in a further weakening process, so the combined might of the Arab armies will, at last, succeed in breeching the wall, and crushing the Jewish State.

Then there are those who have a misguided notion that somehow the Arabs can be appeased by a little land here, a little land there . . . and they will go back to being quiet villagers. This naïve approach has been tried for centuries in order to appease tyrants and land-hungry countries. Chamberlain tried it with Hitler, and we seem to be accepting the Soviet ingestion of Afghanistan. Appeasement has never satisfied implacable foes.

The sad fact is that there will be no peace with the Arabs for a long time, and perhaps never. At the moment the most we can hope for is the “absence of war.” It is not in the Arab nature, culture or religion to seek peace or accommodate the enemy. The philosophy which is operative in Islam is: “Kiss the hand of your enemy until you can cut it off”. This is the philosophy which the West cannot begin to fathom and trivializes as merely a negotiating posture. The only certain thing is that mankind simply is unable to learn from history. We continue to make the same mistakes over and over again, century after century.

Should Israel choose to foolishly weaken itself in a desperate gamble for an elusive “peace” with an unstable people, then it might as well “pack its bags for Babylon”. Surely, nothing will remain alive, down to the smallest blade of grass, if the Arabs have the opportunity of choice.

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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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