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Published on 02/06/2001 | by Emanuel Winston | Archived in: US Policy


Strength defines peace

Published in USA Today Op Ed

Today’s Debate: Editor: Mideast Peace
Opposing View by Emanuel A. Winston:
Arab Nations Simply Don’t Respect Policy of Appeasement

Ariel Sharon may be hated by the Arab nations for his role in defeating them in the six wars they initiated, intending to annihilate the Jewish state, but they still respect the courageous warrior. Sharon will not offer concessions of appeasement [2001], but may be able to achieve a peace of non-belligerency based upon Middle East rules of respecting a capable adversary.1

What passes for peace in this region rests on strength and not concessions, which are viewed as weaknesses that invite war.

This may not satisfy U.S. and European friends of the Arab oil nations, but it is Israel’s formula for survival.

Under Sharon’s leadership, Israel will remain the only democratic and militarily reliable ally of the West in the region; and the already-hostile block of Iran, Iraq and Syria could easily expand to include Egypt and the Gulf nations, if their leaders are overthrown by radical Islamic militants.

Sharon, both as a military commander and elder statesman, recognizes that all prior “risks for peace” proclaimed from various sites have failed under the appeasement formula. The results of Camp David, Oslo 1, Oslo 2, Hebron, Wye River, Sharm el Sheikh and Camp David II are all failed agreements that only increased Arabs’ unrealistic expectations, leading to ramped-up violence.

Giving up security, borders, water, holy sites – capped off with Ehud Barak’s offer last fall to divide Jerusalem and abandon Solomon’s Temple (site) to Yasser Arafat – were signals for war.

President George W. Bush, one hopes, will recognize that a strong Israel under Sharon is in the United States’ best interests. Arafat and his backers, the radical nations of Iran, Iraq and Syria, have pledged the elimination of the non-Muslim state of Israel whenever they are strong enough to do so.

Sharon will offer them a peace of non-belligerency, but deny them their dream of destroying the Jewish state. Peace, according to the special rules of the Middle East, is not achieved through concessions offered to appease an enemy. Sharon can propose a formula for the cessation of terror and war, but not as a sacrificial lamb in order to please other nations of the world.

Real peace will come only when the Arab nations adopt democracy and abandon their plans for a “jihad” (holy war) against the Jewish State of Israel.

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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