: Settlements now an Israeli security factor: Sharon's concept was to make 'a pastrami sandwich' of the Palestinians
Winston S. Churchill III, grandson of the famed British
prime minister, recalled last October at the National Press Club
here a telling encounter he had had in 1973 with the hawkish Ariel
Sharon, now the Israeli prime minister, about Zionist objectives.
"What is to become of the Palestinians?" Churchill asked. "We'll
make a pastrami sandwich of them," Sharon said. Churchill responded,
"What?" "Yes, we'll insert a strip of Jewish settlements in between
the Palestinians, and then another strip of Jewish settlements right
across the West Bank, so that in 25 years' time, neither the United
Nations nor the United States, nobody, will be able to tear it
, who is recognized in the US as the preeminent
American expert on the Israeli settlement movement, loves to relate
this significant exchange as he did in an interview with The Daily
Star on two different occasions.