Published on 8/30/1990 | by Emanuel Winston | Archived in: Pollard


Pollard’s Iraqi Connection

How very strange it is to review the case of Jonathan Pollard through the lens of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.

Pollard asked his superiors in the U.S. Navy’s Terrorist Alert Unit why they had terminated vital intelligence to Israel. They refused to answer and, finally, Pollard felt the urgency was great enough to break his commitment of confidentiality. He told the Israelis. He informed them about the gas, biological and nerve gases being brought from West Germany and elsewhere in Europe and shipped to Iraq, Libya and Syria. He alerted them to the probability that vital information on Israeli military positions and weaknesses were being transferred to Saudi Arabia. From there this information was undoubtedly disseminated to Iraq, Egypt, Syria and Libya. Israel was clearly being prepared as a present day sacrifice to satisfy a host of Arab nations with a battlefield defeat for a hated enemy.

The Grand Jury found that Jonathan Pollard didn’t betray the United States. He did betray the plans of men who were dedicated to the Arab nations assignment that Israel was to be destroyed. Pollard betrayed the fact that Egypt had teamed up with Argentina and Iraq to build what we now know as the Condor II missile. Its range was specified to be able to reach Israel.

Jonathan Pollard broke the back of the plans to weaken Israel so nations like Iraq, Syria, Libya, possibly even Egypt, could coalesce their forces and destroy her.

We know now that Jonathan Pollard did a great service for Israel and helped the United States keep its pledge and written commitment to assist our ally, Israel. That didn’t help him when the powers who served the Arab interests used every bit of their considerable influence within the government to insure Pollard was tricked into a life sentence with no parole. To further insure his silence he has spent the past five years in solitary confinement. The Justice Department claims they are only protecting him and are concerned he will release other U.S. secrets. The secrets are apparently the names of those in high government or former government officials who brought us today’s disaster with Iraq.

As a relevant aside, Jonathan’s attorney has petitioned Judge Aubrey Robinson for a release of the memo sent by former Sec. of Defense Casper Weinberger to Judge Robinson. Although legally entitled to this information, the court has so far refused to release this information even after a lengthy review. Speculation is rife that this memo informs the court that it was the intention of the U.S. government to distance itself from Israel in favor of a closer relationship with the Arab oil nations…including Iraq. If the judge received and acted upon this information, then he has become part of the case as a biased representative of the government’s case. If there is any hint of an anti-Israel bias in Weinberger’s memo, the resulting exposure would be most embarrassing and politically costly.

It would also confirm the fact that there was a deliberate cut off of intelligence as previously agreed to by several successive administrations which also expressed the will of the Congress. If the memo amounts to an exposé of a betrayal of a friend and loyal ally then the relationship between the current administration and Iraq can be more easily understood. Regretfully, it appears that the presiding Judge Robinson can refuse to rule for as long as he wishes. Perhaps it is time to prod the good judge in every legal way possible.

We find that these same men arranged loans to Iraq from Lavoro, a branch in Atlanta, Georgia of an Italian bank. This $3 billion loan effectively financed Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. There are questions being raised as to why Saddam felt so confident the U.S. would not intervene when he made his move to force the price of oil upward. This connects to the price of oil which, if it were successfully forced up by Iraq, would also cause the price of domestic oil in America to rise. There are questions being asked about the connection of the bailout of the S & L’s, which are located mostly in Texas, with the Big Oil interests which are also located in Texas. If oil goes up by $3.7 a barrel, the American tax-payer will pay twice for the multi-billion losses centered in Texas and the Southwest – once for the oil increase and once for the S & L bailout.

Jonathan Pollard tipped off the Israelis because his own superiors wouldn’t listen. What else has been hidden from the American public? Pollard, in retrospect, has done us a significant favor. Perhaps we ought to follow the information back to its source…and, OH YES, pardon Pollard.

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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