Islam vs. US & Israel Policy

Published on 07/15/1988 | by Emanuel Winston | Archived in: Islam vs. US & Israel Policy


No Peace In Our Time

Since the year 622 when Muhammad left Mecca to preach his philosophy, there has been no peace in the Middle East. Muhammad taught the principle of the Holy War—the Jihad—and insisted that such a war must be waged against the infidel, the non-believer, until such a time as all infidels are either dead, converted or have taken the status of dhimmi, a sort of low-class slave with almost no rights.

Christians, Copts, Jews and others who wanted to retain their religion accepted this humiliating status. They became a protected people according to the instructions of the Koran and for this dubious protection had to pay a considerable tax, were not allowed to bear arms, could not live better than a Moslem, and could not testify in court against a Moslem. The protected status could be withdrawn at the option of the local ruler, usually resulting in a massacre. The dhimmi became a scapegoat for Moslem anger and frustration.

Islam, by its very nature, is antagonistic to all people who do not adhere to Muhammad. Christians and Jews, Kurds, Druze, Bahais and Armenians have all been the object of Islamic wrath over the centuries.

What is not generally understood today is that the Jihad is in full swing and its targets are not merely Jews but the entire Western world. Most of the Arab world is ignorant of all the teachings of the Koran but are easily provoked by religious and political leaders who know precisely how to harness the volatility of the Muslim masses into instant rage. We have watched the anti-American riots in Iran. We have seen various groups hurl themselves against Americans in Lebanon. We observe terror, suicide bombers, and hijackers and we learn nothing from this wave of bitter hatred.

Our administration and particularly the U.S. State Department continue to believe that it can coax a bit of paper from the Arabs and that will be the end of it. When they see the treaty torn up at the whim of an Arab leader, they merely start negotiating for another bit of paper. Do we really believe that those who espouse a totally different set of values can be induced into abandoning a history of brutal “justice” and religious intolerance?

Egypt signed something called the Camp David Accords with Israel and America played midwife. No sooner was the ink dry than Anwar Sadat was called a traitor to Islam and assassinated. His successor continued to accept U.S. loans and military equipment but abrogated the entire agreement by not implementing one of those hard won points of the Accords. Today, Egypt and Israel stand precisely where they were before the agreement: no peace, no war. Egypt however, has gotten back the entire Sinai and paid nothing.

Historians who understand Islam and the law of Jihad could easily have predicted this result because to use any means to beat the enemy is not only taught but mandated in the Koran.

The probability of Israel negotiating a true peace treaty with the Arab world is very low. The presence of what Moslems consider a foreign element is enough to keep the coals of war hot and the sight of a thriving people they considered dhimmis, who beat them in several wars, drives them to a state of intense anger and rage.

If war will not work then treaties will continue to be enacted and broken at will or when the enemy grows weak. Any means to destroy the enemy is acceptable when one is engaged in a Jihad. There is an old saying which speaks volumes: “Kiss the hand of your enemy until you can cut it off.” Policy makers in the West fail to understand this rationale, so they continue to accept in good faith Arab leaders’ promises of peace.

Regretfully, as much as we desire it, peace will not be won through appeasement but only through strength. Viewing the Arab world the same way we do other totalitarian regimes would be a constructive first step in creating a more logical and coherent foreign policy. Further, countries that contribute to international terrorism and regularly vote against the U.S. positions in the U.N. should not be the recipients of billions of dollars of American aid. Israel is beginning to come to terms with the fact that its Arab neighbors are never going to become real neighbors. We Americans are just beginning to sense the first glimmer of that tragic truth.

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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